Teasing is a part of growing up. Almost everyone experiences it. However, it becomes bullying when it's repetitive, or when there's a conscious intent to hurt another person. Bullying is not acceptable, no matter what age it happens at.
Victims of #bullying are often shy and tend to be physically weaker than their peers. They may also have low self-esteem and poor social skills, which makes it hard for them to stand up for themselves.
Know the signs:
* Increased passivity or withdrawal.
* Unexplainable injuries.
* Lost or destroyed belongings.
* Frequent headaches, stomachaches or faking illness.
* Changes in eating habits.
* Frequent nightmares.
* Declining grades/loss of interest in school.
* Decreased self-esteem or feelings of helplessness.
* Self-destructive behaviors such as running away from home, talk of suicide or harming themselves.
Tips on preventing bullying:
* Help kids understand what bullying is; how to stand up to it safely and how to get help.
* Keep the lines of communication open by checking with kids often, know their friends, ask about school and listen to their concerns.
* Role-play situations to teach your child ways to respond.
* Model how to treat others with kindness and respect.
For more information on bullying prevention, go to http://bit.ly/2NQNH73.
We all have something that makes us special. Focus on that; and appreciate other people for their strengths.
In a world where you can choose to be anything, choose to #BeKind. Choose to #DoGood. Choose to #BeHappy.
#GGPD32 #ourfuture #BeYou #standup #antibullying #noneedtofitin #NationalStopBullyingDay
Garden Grove City Hall