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BALANCING LIFES ISSUES INC. Bullying. Objectives Statistics What is bullying? Myths How to know if your child is being bullied Family risks that increase.

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1 BALANCING LIFES ISSUES INC. Bullying

2 Objectives Statistics What is bullying? Myths How to know if your child is being bullied Family risks that increase bullying Is your child a bully? Cyber bullying

3 Statistics Nearly 75% of Americans consider bullying and harassment a serious problem in public schools One third of Americans were bullied themselves School violence decreases – bullying increases Children who are obese, gay or who have disabilities are 63% more likely to be bullied Boys are more likely to get bullied Boys and girls bullying is different Source: Public Agenda

4 What is bullying? Punching, shoving and hurting others physically Spreading rumors Keeping cliques tight and being exclusive Teasing in a hurtful way Certain people gang up on others

5 Myths Bullies have low-self esteem Bullying is the same thing as conflict Most bullying is physical Bullying isnt serious Bullying doesnt happen at my childs school since it is in the suburbs My child will tell me if he or she is bullied Cyber bullying is not serious

6 How to know if your child is being bullied Depression Anxiety Sadness Puts self down frequently Avoids recess, withdraws from activities, groups Arrives to school late – leaves early Loses property Has frequent absences/attempted absences

7 Family Risks that Increase Bullying Lack of warmth from parenting Overly permissive parenting including lack of limits Harsh physical discipline Being bullied by any family member including extended family Ignoring a child in pain (bullying becomes the outlet)

8 Is your child a bully? Bullies can be difficult to discern they act charming when adults are around. Bullies can be the popular ones Some parents think its better for their kids to be the bully than to be bullied Bullying is a learned phenomenon that has to do with social pressure Think being a bully helps them fit in Fear exclusion Tend to: Be impulsive Are easily frustrated Lack empathy Have difficulty following rules See violence in a positive way Harbor anger See things in black and white

9 Cyber-Bullying What is it? When a child is humiliated, embarrassed or threatened using the internet or any digital technology. How it works: Direct: message from child to child By proxy: teasing through messaging others or posting Pretending to be someone else. Motivation? Some do it just for fun or revenge and occasionally by accident. Preventing cyber bulling: Educating kids about consequences and respecting others.

10 The BIG issues Boost your own childs self-esteem Teach them good problem solving skills Teach empathy Know the law Know all parties responsibilities including teachers and school Know when to step in Listen to your child Big issues Best Practices

11 Best Practices & Tips for Parents Talk first Listen attentively Positive, positive, positive Give praise for being brave Make it clear it is not their fault Ask your child for solutions – dont try to fix everything. Teach your child successful anger management techniques Help your child develop their own social group Consider if school should be involved

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