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Talk about bullying

With children and teenagers returning to school over the past couple of weeks, it’s a great time for parents to discuss the ever-important topic of bullying with their kids. Bullying takes varied forms and can affect many types of kids, whether they are the aggressor or victim.

When discussing the subject with children, both direct and indirect approaches work. To indirectly talk to your children and make sure that they are not bullying victims, nor taking part in bullying, use the following tips:

· Ask your child how their day was, on a daily basis.
· Ask your child who their friends are.
· Let your child know that they can come to you with anything.
· Be involved in your child’s education and be familiar with their teachers.
· Be positive

To directly talk about bullying with your kids, take advantage of opportunities around you. When you hear a news story or local account of bullying, use this opportunity to discuss the issue with your child. Ask them “how might you feel as the victim in this case?” or “what do you think the bully is dealing with now?” Open discussions where you share your personal opinions and cultural beliefs about diversity and equality are ways to pass on your values to your children.

"Disclosing that you are being bullied is one of the hardest things a child could do,” said Ashli Caroline Wright. “I first shared my story at Camp Anytown, it was probably the most vulnerable I've been. But I was soon comforted by everyone, and I realized that even though I felt so vulnerable everyone told me how brave I was. Disclosing that you are bullying is nothing to be ashamed off, it's one of the bravest things you can do!"

If you need more information or materials to help you discuss bullying with your children, call the OCCJ office at (918) 583-1361.

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