Making Sure 'Back to School' Doesn't Mean 'Back to
SATURDAY, Sept. 3 (HealthDay News) -- For some children, the
start of school means the beginning of bullying.
Despite widespread efforts to deal with the problem, bullying is
a persistent issue in schools, says Donna Henderson, a professor of
counseling at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C.
"The goal is to create a no-bullying environment for children. It's hard because we live in a world that accepts violence, intimidation and power as currency in life," Henderson said in a university news release.
Henderson offered tips for parents to prevent their children
from becoming bullies or victims:
- Ask school officials and teachers about what they do to prevent
bullying and hold schools accountable for their anti-bullying
- Watch for warning signs in children at the start of the new
school year, such as sudden changes in behavior and not
- When you see bullying behavior, call it bullying and tell your
children that it's unacceptable behavior.
- Discuss bullying with your children. Use real situations, news
stories, television programs and movies as opportunities to talk
- Regularly ask children about bullying and address any problem
- If your child is being bullied, letting them know you
understand and share their distress can help them feel better.
- Discuss and/or role play possible responses to bullying, such
as walking away, not showing emotion, staying in groups to avoid
being singled out, and confronting a bully.
- Do some self-assessment. If you use intimidation in your
dealings with others, you may be setting a bullying example for
your child. Or if you're bullied by other adults and don't put a
stop to it, your child will believe that's the way to respond to
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