Prevent Bullying by Raising Confident Kids
Bully prevention has become a primary focus in many schools across the country. When you send your child off to school the last thing you want is for them to encounter a bully. You can help prevent bullying by raising confident kids. Using these tips will help you guide your child in the right direction.
- Teach your child to love and respect themselves, and in turn, they will love and respect others.
- Many bullies target children with low esteem. Teach your kids to be assertive and not timid.
- Athletics is excellent. It keeps them active, fit, and builds confidence. Some sports that are good mentally and physically are wrestling, karate, boxing, swimming, and Taekwondo.
- Teach them to defend the less fortunate and remind them safety is in numbers.
- Help them become an outspoken extrovert with leadership skills. It is the key to detering bullies.
- Teaching your children the importance of empathy and compassion helps.
- Coach them on how to respond to conflict and handle disagreements without resorting to aggression or unkind words.
- Make sure your kids understand what bullying is. Many parents assume their kids know not to bully, but it may not be as clear to them.
- Sit down and talk together about what bullying looks like, and the consequences for becoming a bully.
- Tell your children to speak up when there are concerns or praise them when they handle situations well.
What to do if Your Child is Being Bullied
- Ignore the bully. Bullies feed off the emotional reactions of their victims (and spectators).
- Tell them to defend themselves. Teach them to pretend to be confident, even if they are uncomfortable.
- Try not to bully the person back. It could escalate the situation.
- Tell an adult. There is usually a fear of being labeled a “snitch,” as well as fear of retribution. However, the more people are aware, the more help is available.
Although we can help to prevent bullying by raising confident kids there is no guarantee that someone will not try to bully them. However, if you arm them with the right resources they will be able to deal with life and difficult people.
All the Best,