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Emotions, Bullying and Your Child

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Stacey Ellsworth

on 22 May 2014

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Transcript of Emotions, Bullying and Your Child

Agenda
What Does it Feel Like to be a Target?
What is Bullying?
Emotions, Bullying and Your Child
Session 3: Focus on the Target
Introductions
Goals for the workshop
What is bullying?
What does it feel to be target?
Who are Targets?
Strategies
Questions
Strategies
1. Talk to your child about bullying
2. Teach your child the difference between tattling and telling
3. Help your child to develop a stronger sense of self
4. Assess to see if your child might be a target
5. Ask your child questions about bullying
6. Teach your child about friendship skills
7. Teach your child problem solving skills
8. Provide him with lines he can use to make his way into groups
9. Provide her with assertive come back lines
10. Help your child read social cues, body language, behaviors and words
11. Work with the school
12. Change schools as a last resort only

Dan Olweus (1993)
A child is being bullied when he or she is exposed
repeatedly
and
over time
to
negative actions
on the part of one or more other students. There is always a kind of
power imbalance
between the bully and the target
Forms of Bullying
Physical
: Physical Interaction, Destruction or Theft
Verbal:
Most common form; Taunting, Threats
Social Bullying

Cyberbullying
Teasing?

Facts about Bullying
Bullying can look different at different stages
Both girls and boys can be bullies
Bullying is a serious problem with serious consequences
What are your concerns?
Who are the Targets?
They are seen as weak in some way by a potential bully
Passive Targets: Shy and quiet, anxious or fearful and have few or not friends
Proactive Targets: They generally have poor social skills and are unable to understand social cues. They do not know how to interact with peers in an appropriate way

Goals for the Workshop

1. Understand the definition of Bullying and how it looks at different ages
2. Discuss the common traits of targets and how to identify if your child might be a target
3. Share strategies to help your child if he or she is a target

How do I know if my child is a target ?
Parents might not be aware that their children are being severely teased or bullied

Children may feel ashamed or scared of how parents may react

They might feel that the parent can not help or they will worsen the situation

They are worry to be called "tattle-tales"

Warning Signs
Does not want to go to school
Shows a drop in grades
Eats as soon as arriving home
Comes home with personal belongings missing or destroyed
Has trouble sleeping at night
Complains of feeling sick; spends a lot of time a the nurse office
Wants to be left alone and refuses to meet new people
Does want to leave the house
Uses the bathroom immediately upon returning home
Acts angry with family members for no reason
Suddenly begins to picking on younger siblings
Acts moody or sullen o otherwise out of character
Has difficulty making friends
Talks about being lonely
Responds passively to criticism
Stops talking about friends and the goings-on at school
Has unexplained physical marks on his/her body
Seems to withdrawn from other children
Magda L Rodriguez
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