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It can be hard to accept that your child may be bullying other children. But once you recognize the problem, you can help solve it by helping your child learn how their actions affect others. Being sensitive to others' feelings (empathy) is largely a learned skill that you can teach your child.
Let your child know that bullying will not be tolerated. Set up and follow through with consequences, such as losing privileges.
Ask your child's teacher, school administrator, or school counselor for help.
Ask your child how they would feel as the target of bullying.
Know where you child is spending their time. Ask about community or school programs for after school.
Show your child how to treat other people with respect and kindness. Avoid reacting to disappointments with verbal or physical aggression.
A child who bullies may need professional counseling to learn healthy ways to interact with people.
Current as of:
February 9, 2022
Author: Healthwise StaffMedical Review: Susan C. Kim MD - PediatricsKathleen Romito MD - Family MedicineLouis Pellegrino MD - Developmental Pediatrics
Current as of: February 9, 2022
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Susan C. Kim MD - Pediatrics & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine & Louis Pellegrino MD - Developmental Pediatrics
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