Tips For Parents On How To Deal With Bullying
(NC) - Bullying behaviour may seem rather insignificant compared to the trouble that some kids can get into. Many dismiss it as just another part of "growing up." But we can't anymore. Statistics show that one in four children who bully will have a criminal record before the age of thirty. Teasing on playgrounds and at bus stops, taking other children's lunch money, insults and threats, kicking and punching 'it's all fair game to the bully.
On the flip side, fear of bullies causes many kids to avoid school or, in the extreme, carry and even use weapons for protection. While everyone is a potential bullying target, victims typically tend to be shy, sensitive, anxious, or insecure. Children are picked on for many reasons, including being overweight, being small, having a disability, or because of the colour of their skin.
If you suspect that one of your children is being bullied, here's what you can do:
For more information on bullying and how early childhood intervention programs are helping to reduce bullying in communities across Canada, visit the National Crime Prevention Strategy Web site at www.prevention.gc.ca or call toll-free 1-877-302-NCPC.
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