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What is your definition of bullying? It may not be the same we grew up with

Posted: May 17, 2019

By Master Christopher Rappold

An important realization for parents to make is that physical bullying accounts for less than 3 percent of the bullying that occurs in schools. The other 97 percent is psychological.

It’s vital that parents take the time to clearly define bullying to their children as being anything that is DONE REPETITIVELY and WITH INTENTION that makes children feel scared, pressured or down on themselves. What at times may seem innocent or “typical kid” behaviors that we as parents grew up with are actually the small seeds of where bullying and harassment occurs.

Name calling, teasing, intentionally excluding a child from a group, physically displaying your disapproval of classmate by something as small as rolling the eyes are all poor social habits that can lead to feelings getting hurt.

By doing your part to set a strong example and talk through appropriate and inappropriate social habits, you are giving your child an amazing advantage that will ensure safety and social ease. This investment of time, almost more than anything, will ensure your child knows how to contribute to a strong supportive culture where they can thrive.

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.