To make sure your child isn’t a victim, encourage him to:
- Steer clear of children with bullying behavior.
- Be assertive instead of violent when a bully picks on him. This means to clearly express his feelings, to say no when he feels pressured, and to stand up for himself with words—not fists.
- Walk away from more dangerous situations. Children should never defend themselves from bullies who have a weapon.
It’s also important to keep the lines of communication open with your child. Talk about school and school-related activities every day. Be patient and supportive when your child expresses concerns and fears.
Finally, be on the watch for signs that your child is being bullied. There could be a problem if he suddenly withdraws or doesn’t want to go to school, if his grades drop, or if you see bruises.
If you think your child is being bullied, tell the teacher or principal immediately. Keep a record of the names, dates, times, and circumstances of each incident and share it with the school.
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