Thursday, May 21, 2009

Bullying Prevention: An informative article for parents

Many adults know that secondary school is a time of change but they may not understand the full extent of the many challenges kids face.

During this transition from childhood to adolescence, secondary schoolers begin to place more importance on making friends and being part of a group. They also start to check out how other kids act, look, sound, and dress. Some kids may seem to be searching for a reason to tease or torment another student.

Alone or as part of a group, youth can take part in bullying. In a growing number of incidences, the term "bully" includes the children who watch the bullying occur - even if they don't actively participate. Witnessing bullying behavior can be defined as condoning it.

Other bullying prevention topics include: Why do kids bully? Where do kids bully? Do girls bully? What are the signs of being bullied? What if my child's being bullied? Bully-free at home. How to talk with a child that's being bullied.