Handling a schoolyard bully is difficult, even for the self-assured, confident child. However, for the child with few friends, a lack of confidence, and a shy persona, the school yard bully is their worst nightmare.
Make no mistake- the bully is studying your child to see if there are aspects of your child’s personality which could potentially make them their next target.
Children who are over reactive, shy, lacking in confidence, or who exhibit body language exacerbating these traits are common candidates for a bully.
‘The good news is, it doesn’t have to be this way.’
Knowledge is power – and without it, children can easily become disempowered, and begin to feel hopeless in the face of bullying. The power children have against bullying is in the skills they are given to protect themselves from the affects of bullying.
What can your child do to avoid bullying?
What can parents’ do to help their child with bullying?
Ask your child about the children they play with: Ask your child about the dynamics in their group of friends’. Ask them who they are friends with, and who the bullies’ are. Always enquire about your child’s engagement with the bully. Remind your child to always be polite to the bully; but to steer clear of a close friendship with this person.
Remind your child:
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