How To Stop Bullying

How to stop bullying? When children are in a school setting, at the playground, or attending a sporting event, bullying does not discriminate. There are many reasons why someone becomes the victim of a bully, and several factors contribute to bullying.

Unfortunately, a medical issue or condition can be the catalyst for a bully to take aim at a victim.

According to a recent international survey, children and young adults with eczema have been singled out, picked on, or bullied because of the way their skin looks. There are ways to help stop bullying from becoming part of your child's life.

How to stop bullying?
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Communication Is Key

Unless the child or teenager shares with a parent, caregiver, trusted friend, or teacher there is a chance that bullying will continue. If the signs are noticeable, or when the child or teenager speaks up about the situation, continue to keep the lines of communication open.

Encourage the child to talk about what is happening and build a support system of persons the child or teenager feels comfortable around.

How to Stop Bullying? Minimize the Contact

Avoidance may not be the best solution for bullying, but until the child or teenager can feel comfortable and safe around the bully, it may be beneficial to minimize contact with the individual. Seek different activities where the bully is not present or involved. Find something that is a healthy outlet for stress, and avoid the situations where bullying will likely occur.

Encourage Development of Friendships

When a child or teenager is bullied, he or she often feels that it is them against their attacker. While the feeling may seem true, a parent, caregiver, or trusted individual should encourage the child or teenager to seek out the aid and friendship of another person. 

Being able to talk to someone, socialize, and learn something new can be beneficial to redirecting the negativity associated with being bullied.

A Dose of Self-Esteem

When anyone is bullied -- whether a child, teenager, or adult -- he or she feels victimized and powerless. To inject some power and the ability to feel less victimized, a healthy dose of self-esteem is necessary. Building self-esteem can be done through positive self-talk sessions. Positive talk involves statements like "I feel good about myself," and "I am working towards being happy and healthy," which should be repeated.

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