Ways to bully-proof your kid

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27 09-2016
Ways to bully-proof your kid

Bullying is an epidemic. No matter how well you raise your kids or where you live, there are cliques in every school and—depending on where they fit into the school hierarchy—your child can become the victim of bullying. People have a natural tendency to crave power, and when grouped up, they can do some very mean things. However, it is not always black and white. A bully sometimes may not even realize that they are a bully; they could be playing pranks meant to be funny (which are to them and their circle of friends) without stopping to think about the way the pranks are perceived by their victims. Our media-saturated society glorifies stunts like those pulled by the ‘Jackass’ crew and a variety of web pranksters and are always in the search for art kids that can do unpleasant things to other kids.

As a parent, you are the best guide your child has. If you don’t teach them how to deal with different people and social situations, they will learn on their own by either emulating what they see in the media or following the advice of those around them. Set the standard and bully proof your kids by getting involved in their lives and teaching them how to deal with complicated social situations. Here are eight simple strategies:

  1. Start Early.
  2. Teach Self-Defense.
  3. Build Mutual Trust.
  4. Show Compassion.
  5. Listen Carefully.
  6. Be Their Ally.
  7. Think Logically.
  8. Resolve As a Team.

Bullying gets complicated, and there is no one specific way to deal with it. Standing up to a bully looks great on TV, but in reality, it can be a one-way ticket to Knockout-land (or something much worse). The bully may be much larger in size, or it could be a huge group of people. You don’t want to set your child up to be ganged up on. By acting responsibly yourself, maintaining open communication with your child, and working together, you will help bully proof your child, and with luck, they can be strong enough to set the example for others around them.

 

Prepared by:

EMAD AHMAD MAHMOUD ELMUGHRABI

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