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I try to listen to how my kids describe their school days. Not just what they did in class, but how they got along with their classmates.
Do they have good friends they talk about? What sort of attitude do they have about group work? What apps are on their phone and how are they being used?
What is it that they aren’t saying?
I remember very clearly purposely leaving details out when I was in junior high during the months I was bullied by a group of girls who used to be friends of mine. Because as awful as it was, I was worried that if I told anyone, things would only get worse.
So I try to figure out what my own kids are leaving out.
And while I know that we as parents tend to worry about our kids being bullied, we also have to think about the possibility that our kids could be the bully. I certainly hope not… but to act as if it could never happen isn’t going to do anything to prevent bullying.
Or, even if they aren’t the bullies, are they doing anything to be helpful and kind?
Kind words to a child who is being bullied can mean so much.
Kind = Awesome
That kid who doesn’t have someone to eat lunch with or who is always picked last for group work… we should encourage our kids to reach out to those kids.
To be aware of who is being bullied or who is feeling left out.
If we really want to do our part to stomp out bullying, we shouldn’t just be concerned about what is being done to our kids, but also what they’re doing to others.
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