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Proactive Strategies That Can Prevent Bullying

Families that are nurturing and caring and set clear limits can prevent bullying as well as victimization.  If you want to prevent your child from becoming a bully or a victim:

  • Teach your child to be both strong and kind;
  • Encourage your child to be a good friend because good friends don't bully;
  • Only use nonphysical discipline to correct inappropriate behavior;
  • Monitor the whereabouts of your child;
  • Know your child's friends and make sure everyone understands your view of teasing and violence;
  • Set a good example by exercising appropriate conflict resolution;
  • Make sure your child understands that there are consequences for aggressive behavior;
  • Teach your child not to hit or fight back; it often only makes things worse;
  • Allow your child to feel what they feel but help them find ways to express their angry  feelings without hurting others;
  • Listen to your child's concerns.  Let him or her know that you have time for what ever concerns them;
  • Talk with your child about computer ethics, and establish rules of conduct and consequences for misuse of the internet and or email;
  • Instruct your child to never share his or her passwords or get into an argument with someone online;
  • Monitor your child's television, video, and internet viewing and make sure it is appropriate;
  • Set rules for instant messaging (IM), texting, and monitor your child's use of chat rooms;
  • If you have weapons in your home, make sure they are secured!

(Williams, Esther.  The Bully, The Bullied and Beyond.  YouthLight, Inc. 2007)