Any of us can recount stories about bullies from our own experiences in school. While we may not have been a victim, we may have been a bystander or even a perpetrator. We can vividly tell stories about the elementary school student that was targeted because they were not popular or the child that was constantly harassed at recess. There are numerous reasons why students may bully others. This works under the premise that experiencing bullying is not just a “rite of passage” and there are skills you can equip your children with to help them thrive. Parents must remember anyone can be a bully. Bullying in schools is a source of public outrage in media outlets. While your child’s school or school district may have various programs to address bullying and institute peer mediation, positive choice making and social skills to curb bullying, as a parent there are numerous things you can do to equip your child. Here is an inspiring story on athletes stepping up to take a stand http://www.buzzfeed.com/rachelzarrell/when-a-cheerleader-with-down-syndrome-was-bullied-these-play?utm_term=.pl7B690E4
While no one has the right to be bullied, help with the understanding that some children are more susceptible to being a victim then others. Those who are isolated or seek excessive attention by pestering or overcompensating for insecurity may be more likely to be bullied. There is no rationale for bullying being tolerated in schools. However, understanding your children’s tendencies will help you help them navigate through school and provide them with the tools to be successful in their adult life, where bullying doesn’t necessarily end.
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