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How does a parent make their child bully-proof? This is a common concern among parents with young children heading back to school this Fall. Headlines featuring tragic consequences of bullying are common. It seems that there is good reason for such concern. So, again, the question, "How do I make my child bully-proof?" The strongest self-defense against the negative effects of bullying is strong self-confidence.
The schoolyard bully of yesterday who threatened a classmate with bodily harm if they didn't hand over their lunch money is not the worst of a young student's worries today. The modern bully is often faceless and nameless. They often lurk in the online hangouts where students gather to play games and socialize. A different approach is necessary for children to steel themselves against the onslaught of cruelty they could be faced with should a bully target them for vicious trolling and cyber-bullying.
Of course, there are all sorts of security parameters that can be adjusted to keep nasty cyber-bullies out of a child's online spaces. However, there is more to cyber-bullying than leaving nasty comments and remarks on someone's profile or page. One common horror children face are downloaded images that are photo-shopped, depicting something utterly humiliating. Cyber-security then is simply not enough. A young student has to have the inner resolve and strength to hold their head high when such a tactic has been leveled against them.
The battlefield for children is at school. That is where they are forming their relationships. That is where they are vulnerable. That is where they are growing, becoming socially independent. Bullying poses a threat to healthy social development. And educators and administrators at a child's school can only do so much. Even if proactive, more often than not a bully is a tricky customer. Children need their own resolve and self-reliance in order to weather the spill-over that even committed educators cannot prevent.
The best way to bully-proof a child is for parents to prepare them emotionally and equip them practically and mentally. Here are some of the best bully-safety skills and tools professional educators recommend:
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