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DAYSIDE: Lakeview Bullying

Updated: Wednesday, August 13 2014, 12:02 PM CDT
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 Shannon Massingale of Lakeview Center talks about bullying
Bullying is intentional, aggressive behavior - verbal, social or physical.  Students can be picked on, made fun of, hit, have items such as toys or food taken away.   Bullying also can be done via social media - referred to as cyber bullying -- using Facebook, intsagram, twitter or other social media to harass or embarrass a peer.
One in 3 students say they have been bullied at school.
A basic rule to use in teaching your children about bullying is:  If the behavior of another person hurts or harms emotionally or physically, it's bullying. It does not need to be on-going; even one situation that is harmful is bullying.
Parenting a child who is bullying others:   
Bullying is a pattern of on-going aggression or defiance. These children need to learn to manage their anger, hurt, frustration or other emotions in a healthy way that doesn't hurt others.  Some children bully for attention, some are coping, and others just want to feel important and have power over others.  It is important to let them know this behavior is not acceptable and there will be consequences for it.  If they are copying behaviors they see at home or in the community, educate them on why that isn't the best way to handle problems. They also may benefit from therapy services to educate or help with underlying issues related to why they bully others.

Parenting a child who is a victim of bullying:
 Talk about it with your child; let them feel heard but don't dismiss their feelings. Teach them strategies such as walking away, ignoring a bully, using social skills and humor to defuse a stressful situation.  Educate them about talking to a teacher or counselor if needed.  Often children can resolve issues with a bully on their own, but keep an eye on the situation and be supportive.  Intervene if needed by talking with school staff or the bullying child's guardian.

Remember:  Bullying is never ok. Those who bully are trying to use power to hurt people. DAYSIDE: Lakeview Bullying

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