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Should I intervene if bullying is taking place?

 

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According to Williams, this can be dependent on a few different things. “I think letting your child know that you are there to support them is important as soon as you find out that he or she is being bullied,” she says.

“I would not suggest for parents to rush in to deal with matters on their own, that just reinforces the notion that your child is helpless, unless the child is in real danger.  Instead, let your child know that you are there to help and that together you can come up with some strategies to deal with the bullying.”

Williams also points out that it is crucial that you let your child know that you can take the lead if they come to you for help. Often, they will avoid trying to get their parents involved for fear of seeming weak or provoking the bullies. “If you step in, you must convince them that the bullying will end, not get worse,” she says.




  
  

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2012/07/29
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