Back to School : The Issue of Bullying & How to Prevent it.

We all know that it’s time to head back to school soon , and bullying will always be a topic of concern among parents , teacher , and those affected. Here are some tips I can give to help sort out this issue that will never seem to go away especially for those who are a little different , but not less than the so-called normal kid.  I can relate to this myself because I have mild Cerebral Palsy. I was also a target for this unacceptable behavior, but I overcome this , and a lot of children might feel they cannot , but with parent support , and unconditional love it can be done. I didn’t know I was going to be a writer grow-up let alone writing for children , but I wanted to discuss this issue. Someone I love has Asperger’s , and they were a target , so I wrote a children’s book on the career of psychology , Asperger’s autism , and bullying , and dedicated the book to them. The book is called Emily Discovers Psychology. To continue to prevent this the department of education has written a very helpful blog that has 5 tips to help you prevent bullying throughout the school year ,and protect our children . I hope this helps all of you.

1)     Establish lines of communication and talk for at least 15 minutes a day. Bullying can be difficult for parents to talk about, but it is important that children know they can talk to you, before they are involved in bullying in any way. StopBullying.govand our partners at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) have easy tips and tools that can help start the conversation.

2)     Make sure kids know safe ways to be more than a bystander. When the kids witness bullying, it can affect them too. Helping kids learn what they can do to help when they see bullying can help to stop bullying.

Now your state’s anti-bullying law and your school’s anti-bullying policy. Forty-nine states have laws requiring schools to have anti-bullying policies. Know what your school policy says and how to report an incident of bullying if you ever need to.

5)     Take an active role in anti-bullying initiatives. The key to addressing bullying is to stop it before it starts. Work with your children, their school, and the community to raise awareness and take action against bullying. Toolkits like the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Community Action Training Modules can help you start an initiative in your community. You can get your children involved, too, by using theYouth Leaders Toolkit to help them mentor younger children.

 

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