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Parent's Against Bullying
Most people remember getting bullied at some point in their childhood. It could have been the scary girl at the back of the school bus who kept threatening to beat you up, or it could have been a gang of jocks who kept stuffing you in the locker during middle school.
They used their words, their fists, or sometimes both. Kids can be mean to each other for a lot of reasons, or sometimes seemingly no reason at all. Either way, it’s a relief to leave that period of our life behind, usually around the time we leave high school and go to college. Sure, people can be mean to you in college, but you usually have more options for avoiding them at that level.
Avoid empty platitudes
Think about your childhood bullying experiences. Did your parents tell you things like “Oh, she’s just jealous?” If so, was that a very helpful thing to hear? Probably not. Looking back, maybe the girl who called you “barfbreath” was jealous of something, but maybe she wasn’t. It can be really hard to know, and even if you’re 100 percent sure about someone’s motivation, it doesn’t mean you’re any closer to solving the problem.
The value of positive media
Kids and Their Questions About Bullying
Kids ask a lot of questions. It’s their trademark. Some questions are easy to answer, like “Why do I have to go to the dentist?” Questions about things like bullies and divorce and death are harder to answer. The good news is that your child probably isn’t expecting perfect answers. Engage with the topics in a way that’s both age-appropriate and honest, and you’ll be doing a lot better than most parents.
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