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What to do when your child is being bullied
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Are we overreacting to bullying - isn’t bullying just a rite of passage?


While many of us may have at one time or another been on the receiving end of a bully’s words or fists, it certainly doesn’t make it right.

While it may be safe to say that those who have been on the receiving end may be more empathetic because of our experiences, I think we can teach our children empathy without having to make them the victim of bullying.

“Bullying should not be mistaken for play fighting or ‘regular’ conflict, which is a normal and a necessary part of building healthy relationships,” says Williams. “In bullying, there is an imbalance of power, the bully willingly intends to harm and instill fear onto the victim. There is repetition, targeting, intention to hurt, humiliate. The victims of bullying do not get anything positive from this relationship.”


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