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“Children cannot get a quality education if they don’t first feel safe at school.” -Arne Duncan

The realities of bullying

    Bullying can occur anywhere: suburbs, cities, or rural areas. Some groups, including as LGBQT students, students who are deemed “overweight”, socially isolated students, and students with disabilities, are statistically targeted more often than others.

    Those who bully are often aggressive, show frustration more easily, have less parental involvement, break rules, choose friends who bully, and consider violence acceptable.

how you can help

    As a parent where do you go for help if you believe your child is a target of a bully? Talk to your child’s teacher, the school counselor and your school administrators? Victims as well as bullies need intervention to deter more serious, long-term problems.

    Teach children the acronym: BULLY:

  • Be assertive. When you stand up for yourself, a bully will usually back down.
  • Use your voice. Speak up for yourself and others.
  • Look the bully in the eye and say, “No, I will not do that!”
  • Leave and walk away.
  • You can tell someone in authority if you need help.

Pause to ponder

    Although we may not be able to protect our children from encountering bullies, we can prepare them to stand up for themselves in an appropriate way.

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