ANY CHILD CAN BE BULLIED ANY CHILD CAN BE A BULLIER
Know the warning signs of being bullied - go to http://www.stopbullying.gov/ to learn signs and how bullying can be prevented.
Some tips from Prevent Child Abuse America -- "Preventing bullying helps everyone -- you can make a difference!"
VICTIMS - May begin to suffer: * Low self-esteem * Social Isolation * Academic problems * Depression They may cry not to go to school, or come up with sudden headaches or stomach aches quite often. They may come home with missing or damaged belongings. They may ask for more lunch money. They may lose interest in school or do poorly in school.
Is your child being cyber-bullied?
Cell phones and computers themselves are not to blame for cyber bullying. Social media sites can be used for positive activities, like connecting kids with friends and family, helping students with school, and for entertainment. But these tools can also be used to hurt other people. Whether done in person or through technology, the effects of bullying are similar.
IS YOUR CHILD BULLYING OTHERS?
Studies show that children who bully are more likely to have been taught that physical fighting is an accepted way to resolve conflicts.
Some children who may have been disciplined physically and or abused physically and/or mentally may become bulliers
Some children who witness physical or verbal abuse in their home environment may become a bully.
Consider your own behavior - children often learn by watching their parents. Review the facts above. Do any of these factors exist in your home? If you need help with a situation at home, seek help through school and anti-violence programs; community youth programs; counseling services or for more on parenting skills, visit Prevent Child Abuse America's web site at www.preventchildabuse.org.
If you think your child may be undergoing bullying, try to get him/her to talk about it -- and listen! Listen to your child -- build a healthy, loving relationship to last a lifetime. Teach your child to solve problems and deal with anger peacefully--brainstorming ways to solve the problem together. Get involved.