Five Tips to Help Parents Prevent Bullying
Posted: October 26, 2016
The U.S. Department of Education’s most recent school safety survey showed that from 2005 to 2009, 28 percent of middle and high school students reported having been bullied in school. One in 16 students said they were bullied every day.
Parents and guardians are among a school's best allies in bullying prevention:
1. Talk with and Listen to Your Children Everyday Ask questions about their school day, including experiences on the way to and from school, lunch, and recess. Ask about their peers. Children who feel comfortable talking to their parents about these matters before they are involved in bullying are more likely to get them involved after.
2. Spend time at School and Recess Schools can lack the resources to provide all students individualized attention during "free" time like recess. Volunteer to coordinate games and activities that encourage children to interact with peers aside from their best friends.
3. Be a Good Example When you get angry at waiters, other drivers or others, model effective communication techniques. "Any time you speak to another person in a mean or abusive way, you're teaching your child that bullying is ok."
4. Create Healthy Anti-Bullying Habits Starting as young as possible, coach your children on both what not to do (push, tease, and be mean to others) as well as what to do (be kind, empathize, and take turns). Also coach your child on what to do if someone is mean to him or to another (get an adult, tell the bully to stop, walk away and ignore the bully).
5. Make Sure Your Child Understands Bullying Explicitly explain what it is and that it's not normal or tolerable for them to bully, be bullied, or stand by and watch other kids be bullied.
When parents first hear about linking martial arts with anti-bullying efforts, they automatically assume that instructors will be teaching kids “how to kick and punch other kids”
At Victory Martial Arts we teach kids who are being bullied to turn away, walk away, tell an adult. When you can speak calmly to an opponent, a potentially explosive situation can be defused. We teach them to use their mind first. We teach kids to confront a bully by looking them in the eyes, using a confident voice and employing the body, not to punch, but to walk away. Our classes feature kids of both genders and all sizes, ages, races and religions. The diversity provides a foundation for teaching tolerance and acceptance.
Martial Arts also has many other health benefits. Push-ups, sit-ups, jumping, kicking bags and running, many of our students have reached their weight loss goals and gained self-confidence as a result.
“Physical confidence equals mental confidence”.