The Bully Test: How can parents address bullying? - KWWL - Eastern Iowa Breaking News, Weather, Closings

The Bully Test: How can parents address bullying?

Posted: Updated:
  • Related StoriesMore>>

  • The Bully Test: Signs your child is getting bullied

    The Bully Test: Signs your child is getting bullied

    Monday, November 3 2014 9:39 PM EST2014-11-04 02:39:09 GMT
    Look for changes in the child, however, not all children will show signs. The federal government's program, stopbullying.gov, lists warning signs that parents need to keep an eye out for.Lost or destroyed clothing, books, electronics, or jewelryFrequent headaches or stomach aches, feeling sick or faking illnessChanges in eating habits, like suddenly skipping meals or binge eating. Kids may come home from school hungry because they did not eat lunch.Difficulty sleeping or frequent nightmaresDe...More >>
    Look for changes in the child, however, not all children will show signs. The federal government's program, stopbullying.gov, lists warning signs that parents need to keep an eye out for.Lost or destroyed clothing, books, electronics, or jewelryFrequent headaches or stomach aches, feeling sick or faking illnessChanges in eating habits, like suddenly skipping meals or binge eating. Kids may come home from school hungry because they did not eat lunch.Difficulty sleeping or frequent nightmaresDe...More >>
  • The Bully Test: Know the difference between RUDE, MEAN and BULLYING

    The Bully Test: Know the difference between RUDE, MEAN and BULLYING

    Monday, November 3 2014 9:34 PM EST2014-11-04 02:34:43 GMT
    It's important to first understand the different levels of hurtful behavior. Trudy Ludwig, an author of several books on bullying, offers up spot-on descriptions.When someone says or does something unintentionally hurtful and they do it once, that'sRUDE.When someone says or does something intentionally hurtful and they do it once, that'sMEAN.When someone says or does something intentionally hurtful and they keep doing it—even when you tell them to stop or show them that you're upset—that'sBUL...More >>
    It's important to first understand the different levels of hurtful behavior. Trudy Ludwig, an author of several books on bullying, offers up spot-on descriptions.When someone says or does something unintentionally hurtful and they do it once, that'sRUDE.When someone says or does something intentionally hurtful and they do it once, that'sMEAN.When someone says or does something intentionally hurtful and they keep doing it—even when you tell them to stop or show them that you're upset—that'sBUL...More >>

 Open communication at home is key when it comes to "bully prevention."

  • Start early: Talk to your kids at a very young age...teach them empathy. Other people's feeling are very important.
  • Develop a good sense of self: Let your children know, they don't have to win a trophy to be important.
  • Encourage courageous behavior: Do the right thing in the face of adversity. Stand up to a bully!
  • Look in the mirror: Our children are watching us...how are we behaving?
  • Develop overlapping circles:  Encourage your children to get involved in after-school clubs and activities.
  • Tell them they're not alone!
  • Don't say "Just ignore it."
  • Check in with them...constantly!
  • Set boundaries online.

Powered by Frankly