Is there an upside to bullying?

Psychologist Joel Haber, PhD Bullying & Parenting Expert, discusses if there are any positive outcomes to bullying and whether it can be a confidence builder for kids
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Is there an upside to bullying?

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It may sound crazy but sometimes there is an upside to bullying. And the upside is that bullying, like lots of problems that kids face, is an opportunity. It is an opportunity to teach kids how to build confidence and resilience and that means to help kids find a way to get out of a problem that they are facing on their own. So sometimes it may take a lot of different work or different strategies to help the kid work through a bullying problem. But think about it this way. If they do it themselves without your help, they are going to feel great. That is what real confidence is all about. Something they see they have achieved. That confidence is more important than anything we can put on them. So the upside is getting out of a problem helps build enduring confidence and shows them that they can get out of these problems when they face them again through life.

Psychologist Joel Haber, PhD Bullying & Parenting Expert, discusses if there are any positive outcomes to bullying and whether it can be a confidence builder for kids

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Joel Haber, PhD

Psychologist, Bullying & Parenting Expert, Author

Dr. Joel Haber is a Clinical Psychologist and internationally recognized bully prevention and parenting expert. He was selected as a webinar leader and a speaker for the Obama Administration Federal Partners in Bullying Prevention initiative.  He was also an invited participant to the Second Federal Partners in Bullying Prevention Summit in 2011. His recent book, Bullyproof Your Child for Life: Protect Your Child from Teasing, Taunting and Bullying for Good set the bullying standard for schools, camps, sports, organizations and families dealing with bully prevention and intervention. He recently published The Resilience Formula: A Guide to Proactive, Not Reactive Parenting.  He is a consultant and expert to the American Camp Association, and to LG Electronics as a member of (LGTextEd.com), providing cyberbullying and mobile harassment expertise to parents and families. He is an advisor to Cartoon Network’s anti-bully campaign: Stop Bullying: Speak Up.  He is an expert for No Snap Judgments: The Addams Family Broadway Show- National Campaign to promote acceptance and tolerance amongst our youth. He is also co-founder of Tool Kits for Kids (toolkitsforkids.com), recipient of five national parenting awards for helping parents and kids develop the tools and emotional life skills to overcome worry, build confidence and develop resilience. He has written and published extensively, speaking each year to thousands of parents and educators to help make children’s lives, safer and better. 

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