Recently, I have been researching schools in my area in order to find the perfect preschool for my son. I am seeking out a school with great teachers, great academics, and a safe environment. I know it’s just preschool, but I want to make sure my son has the best opportunities. I realize that wherever he goes, there is always a possibility that he will be the victim of bullying. Whether physical or emotional in nature, bullying is a serious concern for parents everywhere. I want to prevent my son from becoming a victim of bullying, or choosing to bully his peers himself. Here are a few tips from the government’s StopBullying campaign to help everyone in your family deal with this schoolyard epidemic.
- You have the ability to instill positive behavior in your children from the beginning of their life! It is so important for children to grow up understanding the concepts of respect toward others and respect for oneself. Raising them with confidence and self esteem is so important in combating bullying.
- StopBullying.gov urges parents to watch for warning signs. Read up on the different ways you can tell if your child is bullying or being bullied. Remember that it is not something that can only happen at school. Cyberbullying is real and dangerous. Keep an eye on your children’s internet activity.
- Most importantly, talk to your children about bullying. If they are being bullied they most likely won’t tell you.
Children: Elementary and junior high are really difficult times in a kid’s life. So much is happening to a child during these years. They are becoming more aware of real life issues; puberty and mood swings are in full force and fitting in is such a big deal!
As a child on the inside of these issues StopBullying.gov gives a few things you can do to create positive behavior at school and online:
- Treat everyone with respect.
- Stand up for others.
- Stop and think before you say or do something that could hurt someone.
- If you feel like being mean to someone, find something else to do. Play a game, watch TV, or talk to a friend.
- Stay near adults and other kids. Most bullying happens when adults aren’t around.
Teens: Being a teenager comes with a lot of different pressures. Fitting in is sometimes hard for teens. As a teenager you are discovering who you are and what you want to be like. Expressing yourself in your own way is important as a teenager and bullying hinders some children from being themselves. Celebrity, Demi Lovato was bullied as a child and she is now using her voice to help put a stop to teen bullying. She has teamed up with Pacer Center’s Teens Against Bullying. Here are some tips to help teens combat bullying:
- Get involved in a club or sports team that you are really interested in. It’s important to be surrounded by others who like the same things you like. These groups are generally positive and educational.
- Be careful what you text or post online. Always think, do I want others to see this? Do I want this to be forever on the internet?
- Set a good example for others.
- Don’t be just a bystander, be a friend to someone who is being bullied. Let that person know that they are not alone and that they don’t go unnoticed.
- Support Teens Against Bullying by signing a petition to end bullying.
Dealing with bullying isn’t easy, but you have to make a conscious effort to put an end to it. Parents keep your eyes and ears open to what is going on in your child’s life. Don’t ignore an instance of bullying; you have to put a stop to it before it gets worse. Hopefully with the little bit of information I have given you, you will be able to prevent bullying in your community.