How do you prevent your child from becoming a bully?
Parents protect their children from bullies at school. But how do parents protect their children from becoming bullies themselves?
I've done research for articles about bullies, and it's now known that (contrary to the popular notion that they're insecure, frightened, kids "on the inside") bullies tend to be narcissistic and to be kids who have either experienced or witnessed violence in the home. Of course, not all bullying involves physical violence. There's such a thing a verbal bullying too. Bullies don't respect other kids (obviously), and kids learn to respect others by being respected themselves (and seeing respect "in action" when parents treat them with respect).
So, my answer to this question would be 1) don't bully your children at home (and don't let siblings bully them either), 2) treat them with respect (it's possible to tell kids right from wrong, and to impose consequences for negative behavior, without treating them without respect), and 3) if they act as if they don't respect someone else, or act as if they think only their own feelings matter, point out to them why that behavior is inappropriate and tell them what appropriate behavior would be.
Explain how victims of bullies feel. Show where a bully could end up eg jail. Put their shoes on the other foot.
by Marissa 6 years ago
What are some ways to prevent or stop bullying?
by Grace Marguerite Williams 5 years ago
What should be the penalty for school bullies?School bullies should be expelled from schools and placed in juvenile detention or prison. They deserve no clemency nor reeducation whatsoever. If a "child" is old enough to bully another, he/she should be criminalized.
by Edlira 7 years ago
What turns an innocent child into a bully?Do you think there is an educational, environmental factor in it or a genetical one? How about society, what's its role into this matter? Any ways you would find useful in dealing with the phenomenon?
by InfoFinder 6 years ago
What advice would you give to a child about bullies?If a child encounters a bully at school or elsewhere, how should they deal with them?
by singleaple 5 months ago
Do you think a name and shame website of school bullies - would be a good idea or not ?Should school bullies be made to pay for what they did later in life or not ?
by Susan Reid 7 years ago
A few days ago we were discussing bullying of GLBT teens/tweens.On the news today: two middle school girls committed double suicide during a sleepover. One of the girls was definitely the object of bullying (having red hair was at least part of it). The other girl was bullied for sticking up for...
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