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How to prevent your children from being bullied

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OKLAHOMA CITY – October is National Bullying Prevention Month.

This annual event was created to unite communities and educate the public on how to protect children from the effects of bullying.

It’s a great opportunity to talk with your children and find out more about their school and online experiences with cyber bullying.

Bullies are a common problem in schools today. How you handle bullying can have  a large impact on this and future situations, and set the stage for what is and  is not appropriate behavior for your child.

If you’ve recently found that your  child is being bullied or is a bully, get involved, get active, and help stop bullying behavior before it goes too far.

How to keep your child from being the target of bulling.

It is important for a child to have a sense of importance and self confidence. Parents can do this by nurturing, spending quality time, and showing them love to make sure they have a positive role model in their life to build up their self worth.

What are the types of bullying? How do I know what to look for?

If your child is being bullied, parents need to understand how and to what extent the bullying is taking place.Thinkquest.org lists the five different types of bullying to look for. Physical bullying, verbal bullying, indirect bullying, social alienation, and intimidation. The effects of each are equally harmful and powerful. Determine what type of  bullying is taking place and proceed from there.

Get involved!

Being involved in your child’s life is the best way to know what is going on in their lives. Parents can struggle with not knowing what is going on in their children’s lives due to work or other distractions.

The best way to find out if your child is being bullied is to know what is going on with them, and make them feel comfortable enough to speak to you. Ask them about their day. Talk to them about their friends. Get involved.

For more information about bullying visit the National Bullying Prevention Center’s site, PACER.org