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The Bully Pulpit: Helping Teens Cope With Bullying

Many bullying incidents across the country have ended in terrorizing violence and even death.  That is why it is so important to teach your teen to stop bullying in its tracks.

Step 1 

Do not allow your teen to bully others.  Make sure to deal with any complaints that you hear about your teen's bullying behavior swiftly and thoroughly.  Make it clear that you will absolutely not tolerate bullying by anyone in your family.

Step 2

Listen if your child complains about being bullied and react appropriately.
            a. Tell your teen to start by just walking away from the bully without engaging him one way or another.
            b. Encourage your teen to carry himself with confidence, high self-esteem, and to keep his temper in check.  That way he controls that situation instead of being controlled by it.
            c. Resist the temptation to tell your teen to "stand up to him."  While that might have worked back when we were kids, it is too dangerous to take such a stand today.
            d. Remind your teen that there is safety in numbers.  If he is going to be in a situation where he might encounter a bully, have him try to be there as part of a group of friends.

Step 3 

Contact school officials.  Parental involvement is necessary at all stages of bullying. If any bully makes any sort of physical threat against your teen, contact school officials immediately.  When you do, make sure that they understand that they are not in any way to reveal anything about your child's identity during their investigation as doing so could severely escalate the situation.

Step 4:

If you have real concerns about your teen's safety and the school if not taking appropriate action, contact the police.  Even if no crime has yet been committed, an officer in uniform may be able to communicate with the bully's parents in such a way to end the situation.

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