It seems like it is in the news every other day - bullying. From mean girls to picking on a kid because of how he looks or acts or sexual orientation, bullying is everywhere. Experts say it can start as young as kids in preschool...which is amazing, to me, but I know it is true.
The last thing we want our kids to have to deal with is being the victim of a bully...or becoming a bully. There is a lot out there about bullying and what schools and communities are trying to do to combat this behavior and protect our kids.
The latest research says that kids can become bullproof - if the programs teaching this are done right. In these programs, often run through schools, kids can learn the skills - the social ones and the emotional ones - so they can avoid being a target.
The great thing about these programs is not only do they help kids to avoid the horrible feelings and situations of bullying but it can prevent those situations from happening as a whole. And just as bullying can start in preschool, so does this training.
Experts say if we teach our kids skills like empathy and body language and how to build tight friendships, all of these things combined can really combat the effects of bullying.
So, check out this article and see what you can do with your kids to help bully-proof them...granted, no program is perfect and no program can take the place of involved parenting on both the bully and bullied side of the situation, but maybe little by little, we can work to get this epidemic under control.
Have you had to deal with bullying? How do you help your kids to be bully-proof?