Tips to Help Bully-proof Your Child

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The national child and healthcare organization, Boys Town provides tips for parents to recognize signs your child is being bullied and what you and your child can do to change that behavior.

Parents should watch for warning signs of bullying which include: unexplainable injuries, lost or destroyed clothing, changes in eating habits, and difficulty sleeping at night.

Boys Town today announced strategies to help keep your child safe from bullies. The national child and healthcare organization, started over 90 years ago, is a leader in parenting advice. As your children get settled into the new school year, it is important to protect them from bullying at school. Below are five ways to bully-proof your children:

1.    Encourage your child to develop strong, healthy friendships. Bullies are more likely to target kids who are by themselves than those in groups with friends.
2.    Take the time to talk to your child every day about his/her day at school. If you talk regularly, your child is more likely to open up and tell you when there is a problem.
3.    Take a solution-focused approach if your child indicates he/she has been a bullying target. Brainstorm possible solutions and consider the pros and cons of each option and share them with your child.
4.    Partner with your child’s school. Approach your child’s teachers and administrators and ask for their help in creating a safe learning environment.
5.    Communicate your love. Tell your child you are proud of him/her and that he/she always has your support.

“Parents should watch for warning signs of bullying which include: unexplainable injuries, lost or destroyed clothing, changes in eating habits, and difficulty sleeping at night,” said Laura Buddenberg, Training Director at Boys Town. “Warning signs also include a declining interest in grades, not wanting to go to school, or faking illness.”
If you would like more help addressing a specific situation, trained counselors are available at the Boys Town National Hotline. Call 1-800-448-3000.

About Boys Town
Nationally, Boys Town has been a beacon of hope for America’s children and families through its life-changing youth care and health care programs for more than 90 years. In 2011, Boys Town’s Integrated Continuum of youth care and health care programs impacted more than 500,000 children and families across America. This includes those who received services from Boys Town’s residential programs as well as those served by the many varied programs that comprise the Boys Town Integrated Continuum of Child and Family Services, including In-Home Family Services, health care services provided by Boys Town National Research Hospital and the Boys Town National Hotline.

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