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#7 – Teach Your Child The Dynamics Of Bullying

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Research has shown that bullying begins with verbal harassment. Typically, the way the “victim” responds will determine if the bully continues. If the bully feels empowered, the bullying is more likely to persist. It’s crucial that parents discuss this aspect with their child. So their children can learn to stand up for themselves when a bully “tests” them.

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#6 – Teach Your Child Some Appropriate Responses

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# 5 – Model Confident Behavior

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It’s time to change if you are one of those who backs down quickly, only to feel “pushed-around” later. Even though your child may not say anything, he notices everything. Admittedly, there’s a fine line between aggression and assertion.

Teach your child the below values by modeling them yourself:

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#4 – Practice With Role-Playing

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It’s not enough for your child to see you model assertive behavior. Role-play with him appropriate behavior. Practice how he can stand up to a bully. Remind him that the bully is looking to provoke a response.

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#3 – Avoid Unsupervised Areas

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There is no shame in avoiding getting bullied. Remind your child that bullies look for areas where there are not any adults. Your child should try to avoid unsupervised hallways, bathrooms, and playground areas. Try standing in front of the line or sitting in the front of the school bus.

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#2 – Teach Your Child To Intervene

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Sometimes it may not be your child who is bullied, but he’ll notice someone getting bullied. Instruct your child to partner with the “victim.”

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#1 – As A Parent, Don’t Hesitate To Intervene

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Your job as a parent is to be your child’s advocate, even when they don’t want you to. That means more than in teaching your child to stand up for himself. It means to protect your child. Make sure your child knows that she’s not alone in handling a bully. Contact the school immediately.

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