Tips for dealing with schoolyard bullies
As children head back to school, an anti-bullying group wants to make children and parents aware of the problem of bullying, and how to deal with it.
The Tolerance Foundation has come out with a list of five suggestions for parents and educators on how to deal with bullying.
Among them, defining exactly what bullying is.
"The first thing we need to determine is what bullying really is," says Anne Lagacé Dowson, the director general of the Tolerance Foundation and a CJAD contributor. "It's not teasing and it's not friendly joking around. It's repeated verbal and possible physical abuse."
Another one is to make sure parents and children are able to talk about the things that affect them in school.
"If they just show an unwillingness to go to school, if they complain about not having friends...all of these things are signs that something's not quite right in school. And that something is usually bullying."
She says parents should hear alarm bells if their kids act out, because it usually means they're trying to articulate feelings that they can't.
And she adds parents need to be aware, too, that kids who are the victims of bullying at the hands of older kids, often turn around and become the bullies themselves.
For more information, visit the Tolerance Foundation's web site.