Standing Up to a Bully

September 7, 2008 | Author: Mike Dreiblatt | Views: 1887 | Comments: 0

Standing Up to a Bully 
Use This Article in Your School Newsletter!
About the Authors
Steve Breakstoneand
 Michael Dreiblatt,
 co-founders of Balance Educational Services, specialize in bullying and violence prevention, behavior management and effective communication styles. They have led hundreds of workshops, seminars and other interactive sessions, reaching tens of thousands of educators, parents and students. They use a dynamic, humorous and engaging style to role-play serious realities, such as being bullied, being the subject of rumors and being shunned by cliques. Providing concrete solutions to bullying, Steve and Mike empower the audience to eliminate bullying in their towns, schools and homes.
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Balance Educational Services provides
  staff development and student & community presentations  
that are informative, interactive and emphasize practical and easy-to-use strategies to end bullying at your school. 
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In the flurry of activity of the new school year, it is important to remember that your school newsletter is a valuable tool for  engaging parents as partners in setting a safe, welcoming school environment.  
The following article teaches parents how they can help their child stand up to a bully.  Feel free to print it in your newsletter; kindly credit Balance Educational Services.
Best wishes for a great school year!
Steve Breakstone and Michael Dreiblatt
Article for Your School Newsletter
If your child is verbally bullied, teach him or her how to respond effectively.  Discuss the following strategies with your child.  Practicing the strategies with you or another trusted adult will help develop the confidence to end the bullying. If the bullying is happening at school, speak to your child's classroom teacher or advisor so they can help.
  1. Make eye contact.
  2. Express confident body language; head up, back straight, arms down in front or on the side of the body and feet at shoulder width.  No fidgeting!
  3. Speak clearly - a steady tone, not too loud, too soft, whiny or sarcastic.  
  4. Make short statements such as, "Stop!" or "Cut it out!"
  5. Then turn and walk away.

Go to a Trusted Adult 
When other strategies fail, or there is immediate danger, tell your child to go to a trusted adult.  This is not tattling; this is requesting assistance with a serious problem.

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