How To Prevent Bullying

Pete waiting for a Monster to pounceIf your child learns how to respond to a bully and develops a good self-image, it will possibly decrease the likelihood of them being targeted by a bully.

Bullying Facts:

It is estimated that nearly 30% of students are involved in bullying, as victims, perpetrators or both. Studies have found that 15 to 25% of children and youth in the U.S. are bullied and 15 to 20% bully others.

Children and youth who are overweight, gay (or perceived to be gay) or have disabilities are up to 63% more likely to be bullied than are other children.

Many children are victims of bullying. Most of these children don’t know how to stop or prevent bullying which is why we as adults must step in to safeguard that bullying does not occur.

Bullies like to pick on children who are not self-confident. Educating children to act assertively is a good way to prevent bullying. Children who appear confident and can assert themselves when confronted by a bully, are less likely to be targeted by bullies.

Even if a bully targets your child, a calm and confident reaction will reduce the probability of your child being targeted again.

Inform your children not to cry or get upset if they are confronted by a bully. Instead, the best way to deal with a bully is for them to use an assertive voice and tell the bully to stop. Bullies like to get a rise out of the child they are picking on, so children that are calm and confident will be less likely to be picked on by a bully again.

Bullying often happens in unsupervised areas by adults, so to prevent bullying tell your child to avoid walking alone in hallways, being alone at recess, and in other areas of the school. Encourage your child to meet and associate with quality friends as bullies are more likely to target children that are alone.

Another way to prevent bullying is to advise your child to walk away from a possible confrontation with a bully.

No matter how minor the bullying situation seemed, it is never acceptable and should be handled quickly. If you think your child is at risk for being bullied, there are things you can do to prevent bullying. It is easier to avoid bullying than to stop it once it has started, so keep the following tips in mind for your child to avoid bullying before it starts.

Bullies like to pick on children who are not confident. A good way to prevent bullying is to get your child involved in activities that boost their self-confidence. Physical activities such as basketball, volleyball or karate will help your child’s confidence level and help build team spirit. Children who have other areas of their life to feel confident in will carry over that attitude into situations where they could possibly be bullied.

Any enjoyable activity that your child excels at will help make them more confident and in turn that confidence will help prevent bullying. If your child has self-assurance and self-esteem, it will be easier for them to ignore a bully and not let the bully’s actions bother them.

Many children are hesitant to report bullying to an adult. Make sure that it is not your child. Speak openly with your child and discuss the topic of bullying with them to find out if they are a victim of a bully, or they are the bully and action needs to be taken to prevent further bullying.

Educating your children as early as possible on the subject of bullying will be beneficial later on. Teach your children about what is right and wrong from a very early age will only help them as they get older.

Pete’s Monster Children’s Book discusses the topic of bullying.

Pete’s Monster is available on Kindle and also available in paperback edition on Amazon.

Pete's Monster kindle edition
Pete's Monster available on Amazon

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Pete’s Monster ~ My New Friend

Pete’s Monster My New Friend, is a continuation from the first book called Pete’s Monster.

In the first book, the story ends with Pete escorts the Blue Monster to live in his older brother George’s bedroom. Even though the Blue Monster had not caused Pete any harm or concern for him to be afraid of the Blue Monster. Pete wanted the Monster out from under his bed and George’s room seemed the obvious place for the Monster to stay.

It wasn’t till in the second book, Pete’s Monster ~ My New Friend, that we watch a friendship grow.

PETE's MONSTER_My New Friend COVER resizedThe Blue Monster knocks at Pete’s bedroom door one night and asks to return to sleeping under Pete’s bed. Pete is happy that the Monster wants to come back as he missed his companion, the Blue Monster. His new friend.

Pete leaves his bedroom after lights out against his Mother’s orders. He goes into the kitchen to get his new Monster friend something to eat, after the Monster tells Pete that he is hungry.

Pete’s Monster ~ My New Friend is also a rhyming storybook. It subtly and creatively covers the topic of friendship and was created to inform children at an early age that a friend can be of any size, shape or color.

The moral in the first Pete’s Monster book is that you should never lash out and hurt anyone, (bullying) because the true person who gets hurt the most could end up being you as you could be labeled as a bully at school and no one will want to be your friend.

 

Please enjoy reading Pete’s Monster and if you have any questions, please contact us.

Pete's Monster kindle edition

Pete's Monster available on Amazon

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