The national statistics on bullying in America among young children are dismal, to say the least. It’s almost inevitable that if you have a child in school, there is a good chance that they will become a victim of bullying before graduation.
According to stopbullying.gov “28 percent of students between grades 6-12 have experienced some form of bullying and 30 percent of students admitted to bullying others. Witnesses to bullying in schools are 70 percent and when someone steps in during a bullying incident 57 percent of those incidences stop within 10-seconds.”
Another recent study on anti-bully tactics states three ways parents can encourage their child to handle a bully:
- To use humor when confronted by a bully. For example, if a bully demands money, saying something witty such as that you were about to ask them for some too.
- To be assertive back with the bully and let them know that you intend to report their crime and not back down. Bully’s hate to be exposed.
- Recruit a friend and use the buddy system.
At the end of the day, schools can only do some much. It is up to parents to teach children not to bully others and how to handle bullying when they encounter it.