Advice on teaching your child how to deal with bullies

Joel Haber, PhD, shares advice for parents on how to best teach your kids how to react and respond to bullies
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Advice on teaching your child how to deal with bullies

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Physical bullying may happen at any point in time, but if your child is getting physically bullied, they have to let the kid know who is doing it, to stop. Use a strong voice, and let them know that they have crossed the line. You don't want your kid to be overly dramatic, unless they are really hurt. If so, give them this message; if they are so hurt that they need to go to the nurse, let the kid know. If not, just tell them to stop. That way your kid doesn't look dramatic, which will make them want to pick on them again; but they show the child that is hurting them, that it's unacceptable behavior. At that point in time, if it happens again, they can always tell an adult. They've told the kid when they've crossed the line, so that an adult can step in and realize that this isn't the first time, and they have to take care of that bullying kid.

Joel Haber, PhD, shares advice for parents on how to best teach your kids how to react and respond to bullies

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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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