Bullying

One of the most common things I am asked about by parents is Bullying. In the past there has been some confusion on what bullying is. The definition is as follows: Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. the behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time.

In order to be considered bullying, the behavior must be aggressive and include:

An imbalance of power: Kids who bully use their power, physical strength, controlling that person by using personal information to harm them.

Repetition: Bullying behaviors happen more than once or have the potential to happen more than once.

As a parent myself i know my kids face pressures and temptations just like other kids and i stress the importance of being kind to others. Of course in my day we handled bullying on our own. In today's day and time many things have changed and more awareness on kids committing suicide has been in the news. As I tell my own kids the old saying, sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me is not true. Today we have kids trying to hurt themselves because their constantly being called names and harassed. Our kids need to understand words do hurt and that their are some kids out there that are not strong enough to handle such teasing. I have found a good source of information from http://stopbullying.gov please check this out and share with your kids.