Preventing bullying

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Preventing bullying

Parents are teachers, especially if the children are being bullied. Parents are the best people to help children figure out what they feel and what they think when someone is bullying them, and what they want to do. We encourage and train parents how to role play and practice with their children, before their child gets into a situation of being bullied, how the child wants to take care of themselves. You can play act and pretend you are on TV, role playing with your children. That's the most effective way to help your child acquire the skills to take care of themselves with a bully. We encourage parents not to intervene, until the children first have tried to take care of themselves in a situation. There would be probably three to five different ways that we would help the children to take care of the bully themselves. Only in an extreme situation, where your child cannot take care of themselves, I would have my child go to a teacher or an adult who is around. As a last resort, I'd intervene.

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Dr. Rotheram-Borus has spent the past 20 years developing, evaluating, and disseminating evidence-based interventions for children and families. She has worked extensively with adolescents, especially those at risk for substance abuse, HIV, homelessness, depression, suicide, and long-term unemployment. Dr. Rotheram-Borus has directed and implemented several landmark intervention studies that have demonstrated the benefits of providing behavior change programs and support to families in risky situations. Several of these programs have received national and international recognition, including designation as model programs by the American Psychological Association, the American Medical Association, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Currently, Dr. Rotheram-Borus has ongoing projects in Uganda, China, and South Africa, as well as the United States. Dr. Rotheram-Borus has authored or co-authored more than 200 journal articles, including publications in Science, the Journal of the American Medical Association, and the American Journal of Public Health. She has received more than 40 grants from the National Institute of Mental Health and the National Institute on Drug Abuse to design prevention programs for children and families at high risk for HIV, mental health problems, suicide, and substance abuse. In 2001, Science identified her as number two of the top-funded NIH multi-grant recipients; she was the only woman in the top ten.

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