25% of public schools say they deal with bullies on a weekly, sometimes daily, basis. And one in five high school students say they've been the victim of bullies in just the past year. So, with kids going back to school soon, this week's Positive Parenting looks to arm students and parents in the fight against bullying. Robyn Greene has this week's installment.
Greene says: "The issue of bullies can not only be traumatic for the kids, but also for the parents. So I wanted to try to put a positive spin on this issue to help protect our children from becoming victims. Here's the good news. Recently, bullying has made national headlines more than ever before, and that's prompting schools and communities -- even celebrities -- to take a strong and public stance against bullies. The more publicity on the issue, the more awareness. But there are some things you can do at home to protect your child from becoming a target. Experts from kidshealth.org say first and foremost, talk about it. Share your own experiences, and if your child opens up about being bullied, praise them for being brave enough to come forward.
"Next, remove the bait. If the bullies are after lunch money or gadgets, take them out of the equation. And we've all heard the phrase 'keep calm and carry on.' Experts say bullies thrive on hurting others, and will keep attacking as long as they get a reaction. So your kid's best defense may be to remain calm and ignore those hurtful comments. With your support the bullying will likely stop.
"I'd love to hear your own experiences: what happened and how you and your child worked together to fix the problem. Send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or find me on Twitter, @RobynGreeneID. The more we help each other, the more we can protect all our kids from bullies."