As we enter bullying awareness and prevention week, you will probably hear your kids speak of activities, assemblies and announcements that are being done within their school. You’ll hear the “Ra Ra’s” of everyone standing up to bullying. However, once the dust settles from this week, it will be very important for you to keep the conversation going.
As parents, we must stop thoughts such as “boys will be boys” or “it’s a rite of passage”. Bullying is not a normal part of growing up. Adult intervention stops bullying – it is our responsibility.
Bullying is a relationship problem. Parents need to get involved and teach their children how to connect with people respectfully, in positive, healthy ways and encourage empathy. Without healthy relationships, children cannot develop in healthy ways.
Below is a great video from students at Robert Bateman High School in Burlington. They won 1st prize in the Give Respect Get Respect 2012/2013 contest through Halton Regional Police Services.
Learn how you can help if you suspect your child is being bullied or bullying someone.
This post is part of Bullying Awareness week. Check out our other blogs related to: bullying in preschool, bullying and special needs, cyberbullying, bullying and the brain, a teen’s personal story, words are the real killers
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