Bullying is a misuse of power and control that threatens the safety and well-being of others. Children who learn that they can get away with violence and aggression often continue to do so into adulthood, and become adult bullies. If children who bully are not given guidance, with new behaviours learned and adopted, bullying may lead to involvement in criminal behaviour, and become a way of life. We all want a better outcome for our kids.
Your child may be a bully if he/she:
- Comes home with money or unfamiliar items
- Has a hard time talking about feelings
- Has difficulty playing games – likes to win
- Reacts to questioning or conflict with verbal or physical aggression
- Causes intentional harm to animals or smaller/younger children
- Refuses to accept responsibility for negative behaviour
- Defends aggressive behaviour by insisting that he/she was provoked
- Lacks empathy for others
- Shows no remorse for hurting others
- Breaks rules or defies authority
What Parents and Caregivers Can Do:
- Take bullying seriously. Understand the harm it can do to your own child as well as others.
- Don’t defend bullying behaviour. It’s not normal or acceptable.
- Teach your child how to resolve conflict in non-aggressive ways.
- Teach respect, tolerance and compassion for others.
- Limit your child’s exposure to violent games, TV shows and movies.
- Spend positive time with your child daily.
- Get to know your child’s friends.
Everyone has the right to be respected and the responsibility to respect others.