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Teaching Your Child How to Respond to Bullies

Bullying happens more often than parents, or school principals, would like to admit. If your child is being bullied at school, don’t ignore it. Let your school administrator or child’s teacher know what’s going on and then teach your child how to respond in a healthy, responsible way with these five tips.

  1. Don’t be a Loner. Bullies often pick on children who don’t have friends to protect them at school. Friends give children physical and emotional support. Help your child make friends by exposing him to activities where he can find other kids that share his interests. Identify and correct bad habits he might be displaying that alienate him from others.
  2. Avoid the Instigator. Tell your child to avoid the bully whenever possible. If he doesn’t physically encounter the bully, the bully can’t physically hurt him.
  3. Find an Ally. Instruct your child to find a teacher or an older, influential or popular classmate if the bully becomes aggressive…

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