Social interaction doesn't change just because summer comes: many kids who get bullied at school will experience the same treatment online, at summer camps, playgrounds, and even on vacation.
Columbus, Ohio (PRWEB) June 26, 2014
Jonathan and David Bennett, a counselor and teacher, and authors of The Teen Popularity Handbook: Make Friends, Get Dates, And Become Bully-Proof, are warning parents to be vigilant about keeping an eye out for summer bullying, because bullies haven't taken the summer off just because school is out.
They advise parents to pay careful attention to areas where summer bullying might exist, including online. David Bennett explains: "Around half of teens have been cyber-bullied at some point, and I suspect that incidents go up in the summer, when bullies have even more free time. Also, social interaction doesn't change just because summer comes: many kids who get bullied at school will experience the same treatment online, at summer camps, playgrounds, and even on vacation."
Bennett believes many parents and kids rely too heavily on teachers and schools for protection, and that the summer break exposes this vulnerability. He warns: "Parents who rely on schools to deal with bullying may be shocked when they realize their child could be getting bullied right under their noses. A bully could be cyber-harassing their kid right now in the living room, or at the beach on the family trip."
Bennett, through his business "The Popular Teen," advises parents to help kids develop positive social skills like assertive communication and humor that make repelling bullies easier for the rest of their lives. He advises, "Bullies exist everywhere, and many continue bullying others into adulthood. The best way to deal with bullies permanently is to become the type of positive kid that not only resists bullying, but stands up to bullies on behalf of others. We wrote 'The Teen Popularity Handbook' to help parents create this type of kid, who will carry his or her positive social skills into adulthood."
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