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What Can You Do To Help Prevent Bullying?

Bullying is a very real, very grave issue in the United States. According to the article “What Parents Can Do About Teen Bullying”, an estimated 11% to 25% of teenagers are bullied in the U.S.  Additionally, approximately 160,000 students miss school every day to avoid being bullied.  Bullying can cause very serious physical and emotional pain, and, in some cases, is a prominent reason for suicide attempts.  Oftentimes the child who is being bullied feels embarrassed and humiliated, and they may not have the confidence to confide in their parents or to seek help.  These teens are suffering in silence.  So what can parents do to help their child develop the skill set needed to strengthen confidence and the parent-child bond?  The authors of this article suggest “building a home court advantage,” and propose doing so by following the following four steps:

  1. Listen More, Talk Less
  2. Ask…Don’t Tell
  3. Share Your Values; Discover Your Teen’s
  4. Build Authentic Bridges to Your Teen

The article expounds upon these four steps, and reminds parents that building this type of meaningful connection is not a quick venture, but is well worth the time.

Another way to help prevent bullying is to build empathy in your child.  Children are not born to be naturally empathetic creatures; parents play a critical role in the development of this characteristic.  In the article “3 Keys to Developing Children’s Empathy” by Kathy Slattengren at www.pricelessparenting.com, http://www.pricelessparenting.com/Documents/DevelopingEmpathy.aspx, she explores three key things parents can do to help cultivate empathy in your child:

  1. Show empathy when responding to your children’s behavior
  2. Demonstrate genuine empathy
  3. Discuss other people’s perspectives

Building a strong connection with your child and developing their sense of empathy is critical in both preventing them from being a target of bullying, but also in preventing bullying from happening to their peers.  As the article mentions, these types of connections take time to develop and nurture, and you may develop questions during the process.

Kidtelligent can help by giving you insight and tools particular to your child’s personality.  Go to www.kidtelligent.com to learn more about the Kidtelligent assessment, and follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Kidtelligent for more parenting tips.

Sarah is a guest mom writer for Kidtelligent. If you are interested in submitting an article to be shared on the Kidtelligent Blog and Facebook please email us at info@kidtelligent.com

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