Over the last three decades school districts, parents and students have been speaking up against bullying behavior. Dan Olweus first published his Book Bullying At School in 1993, he describes what we know about bullying and what we can do about it.
Now in 2013, according to Stopthebullying.gov forty nine states now anti-bullying laws into place mandating schools district to implement some kind of bully prevention policies and or strategies.
But we can’t leave it all up to the schools; the parents need to get involved too. If it has been brought to your attention that your child is being aggressive toward another student you need to make it clear to the child that you do not tolerate such behavior and that they will be disciplined. Don’t just assume because you told them once it will put an end to it. Keep your eyes and ears open; if they are doing something right praise them, if they are not remind them of your expectation.
“The parents must make it clear to their child that they take the bullying seriously, and that they will not tolerate any such behavior in the future.” Dan Olweus
1) If you hear your child is being aggressive toward others take action
2) Be specific
3) Create an easy discipline chart that hangs on the refrigerator
4) Never give a warning- Follow through
5) Remind them daily that you love them.
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Copyright Richard Paul 2013