HOW TO: Talk To Your Children About Bullying

by , 09/21/12
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Question #1: What Is A Bully?

A bully is a person who hurts, scares, teases, manipulates, or harasses someone on a repeated basis. Their sole goal is to make that person feel scared, sad, alone and depressed. They may spread rumors, threaten to violently hurt, purposely exclude, damage property, tease, purposefully ignore in front of others, encourage other children to gang up on or force someone to do something that they do not want to do. Bullying can even come in the form of cyber-bullying, where a bully will use technology to bully someone else.

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Question #2: Who Can Be A Bully?

Regardless of age, size, status, income, ethnicity, or popularity, anyone can be a bully – even adults can be bullies. Most bullies feel badly about themselves and have low self-esteem, they may be over-privileged and feel they are superior to others, or are bullied at home by their own parents or by a sibling. Or they may have been a victim of bullying in the past.

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Question #3: Why Do Some Children Bully?

Some kids may bully because they have been bullied themselves, think it makes them look cool, think it will make them immune from being bullied, or want to feel superior to others.

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