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Created with Fabric.js 1.4.5 DOG 3. Bullyingmakes youstronger. 5. Bullying isjust kids being kids. 7. My kidswill tell meif they arebeingbullied. 9. Bullyingdoesn't happenat my child'sschool. 6. Bullied kids need tolearn howto handle the situation on their own. 8. The first step in addressingbullying is tocall the bullysparents. 10. Bullyingis easyto see. MYTHS & MISCONCEPTIONS MYTHS & MISCONCEPTIONS BULLYING BULLYING Umm, no. Bullies are found everywhere. Its a mistake to assume that bullies have a certain clique, race, social-economic status, popularity level, etc. Bullying is based on power differential, not demographics or social stature. 1. Bullies are loners and have no friends. 2. Bullies struggle with self-esteem. Yes, in a few cases, people have become more resilient but the reality is that bullying feeds our vulnerabilities and insecurities. Kids who are bullied suffer emotionally and socially. They typically struggle in school and social situations. They struggle with self-esteem and often experience feelings of loneliness, isolation and depression - even suicide. Sure, some characteristics like being shy, withdrawnor an outcast can increase the chances of being bullied, kids are not bullied just because of their personality. Rather, kids are bullied because a bully made a choice to target them. Saying that there is a victim personality is a form of blaming and shaming of the bullying; it puts the responsibility on the bullied individual to change and lets the bully off the hook. 4. Kids are bullied because they have victim personality traits. 4. Kids are bullied because they have victim personality traits. Bullies are often the confident, socially successful kids. Bullying offers them more power and more attention. In fact, the rewards kids get from gossiping, spreading rumors and ostracizing others, can be significant. For this reason, middle school is a time of heightened bullying. If you believe this, please stop it. Bullying is not a normal part of growing up. It has serious consequences on boththe bully and the bullied (especially the latter). Aside from affecting academic performance, mental health and physical well-being, bullying also can lead to suicide. Plus, emotional scars from bullying can last a lifetime. Many adults who were bullied as kids struggle with low self-esteem and depression. Yes, kids need to learn how tohandle adversity but this is not the time to tell kids to just deal with it. Quite frankly, if kids knew how to handle the bullying, they would, but they often dont know what to do. Adults have an obligationto address bullying. Without your awareness or intervention, bullying will continue to escalate. I wish this were true but, research shows that kids, more often than not, keep silent about bullying. They are too embarrassed or too worried to tell a parent or a grown-up. Because of that, it is imperative for parents and teachers to be able t o spot the signs of bullying. This is rarely a good strategy because the conversation between parents is likely get heated, which can make a situation worse. Rather, start with a face-to-face meeting with the teacher or an administrator when reporting bullying. Oh my goodness, if this were true everyone would be flocking to get enrolled there. Sadly, the unfortunate truth is that bullying happens everywhere - in every school, every neighborhood and every community. Not recognizing that could put your child at risk. Instead, be on the lookout for signs of bullying and keep the lines of communication open with your child. It would be great if this were true, but, sadly, its not. Bullies are smart cookies. They know how to avoid being spotted by grown-ups and plan their torture when adults arent around to witness. Bullies often present as charming and charismatic so they have the ability to socially adapt to any situation. This social adaptability allows them to manipulate grown-ups. This is why it is so incredibly important for onlookers and bystanders to step up and report bullying. © 2014 10 10
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