Posts tagged Bully proof your child
Your parenting approach can impact whether your child is more likely to be bullied.

As a parent you’re a powerful role-model for your child and your parenting approach can have a significant impact on your child’s self-esteem, resilience and resourcefulness. In fact you might be surprised to know that your parenting approach can have a positive or a negative impact on whether your child is more likely to be bullied or not.

In a large 2013 review study which included a sample of 208,000 children ages 4-25 from research studies conducted 1970-2012, they found that children are more likely to bully or be bullied if they have harsh parents who role model anti-social behaviour and where there are low levels of communication between parents & children with minimal parental supervision. SOURCE: Lereya, Muntha and Wolke (2013) Parenting Behaviour and the risk of becoming a victim and a bully/victim: A meta-analysis study.

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What would you do if you found out your child was being bullied?

Were you bullied as a child? If so, then you know how frightening it can be. As a parent, you want to do everything you can to protect your children from bullies so they never have to experience that horrible feeling of being picked on, laughed at, excluded or physically harmed.

If you found out that child is being bullied, would you know what to do?

If you’re like most parents you’d probably say one or more of the following things to your child:

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Do you know the difference between bullying and playful fun?

The news is filled with stories on bullying in schools, bullying in the workplace and with the increased use of technology, cyber bullying can be a constant, never-ending and relentless attack on your child. While some acts are clearly bullying – like a child regularly, willfully, and intentionally physically hurting another child - other acts are not as easy to recognise as bullying.

Do you know the difference between bullying and kids just having some harmless fun together? As a loving parent it’s important for to know the distinction so you can help your child navigate life’s challenges. Children need to be able to protect themselves from bullies and also be able to manage light-hearted play without it causing them to feel overwhelmed by hurt or stress.

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