You don't want your child to be bullied or to be a bully.
These tips can help:
- Build your child's self respect. Teach him that he is strong and worthwhile. His rights and opinions count.
- Identify supportive people. Tell your child where to get help, such as from parents, teachers and other trusted adults.
- Role play tough situations. Practice using different ways to deal with bullies-discussion, jokes, ignoring and leaving.
- Encourage friendships. Give your child opportunities to socialize with like-minded kids. Joining a club or team may help.
- Stay involved. Know what's happening at school and with friends
To Prevent Bullying Behavior:
- Set an example. Be caring and non-aggressive. When angry, act calm.
- Pay attention. Notice how our child behaves. Address problems immediately.
- Provide outlets. Channel high energy into sports and other activities.
- Monitor influences. Don't let your child see violence on TV or elsewhere
- Discipline well. Enforce sensible limits without fail.
- Encourage values. Say, "Treat others as you want to be treated."
- Seek advice. If you're worried that your child might bully, talk with a professional
http://www.ama-assn.org/ama/pub/category/14312.html Source: "Bullying Behaviors Among children and Adolescents," American Medical Association Council on Scientific Affairs