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Is your child being harmed by an invisible enemy?

Posted: May 17, 2019

By Master Christopher Rappold

Bullying takes many forms. It can be a threat, making fun of someone or not including someone in activities. It can be mean-spirited or just distant and cold. It can be one-on-one or it can spread to situations where a group of students are all focusing negative energy on one lone sole. Whatever the exact description, it is all considered bullying.

Typically, when someone envisions bullying, what immediately comes to mind is the scene of a timid boy being pushed on the playground. While that qualifies as bullying, physical confrontation makes up a very small amount of the instances.

Statistics indicate that 97% of the time bullying occurs without the use of someone being touched. It’s the words and poor treatment that make up the majority of incidences.

Think about it: two children agree to fight physically -one wins and one gets a black eye. In a few days, the eye heals and life goes on. However, when someone is verbally harassed, the negative words and feelings can linger on for years.

Haven’t you ever seen adults who continue to run the same pattern of self-limiting beliefs that they probably learned very early in life? Make no mistake about it, words hurt!

The bottom line is that bullying comes in many forms and that whatever the tactics, it can be very damaging to someone’s self-esteem or their personal happiness.

Shield your child from this invisible damage that can be caused by continual poor treatment by another. By recognizing it for what it is your child can then take steps to ensure it doesn’t continue.

Master Christopher Rappold has authored many books on personal development as well as self-defense and bullying strategies. His book How to Handle the Bully at School gives specific examples and tools parents need to help their children when faced with bullies.. If you would like a free copy of this book, please visit here.