Magazine article Work & Family Life

If Your Child Is Face to Face with a Bully

Magazine article Work & Family Life

If Your Child Is Face to Face with a Bully

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Here are 10 nonconfrontntional strategies that your child could use to get out of a variety of situations with a bully safely and with a reasonable amount of pride.

1 Stay calm and alert. Take a deep breath and say, "I don't want any trouble."

2 Just walk away. Hold your shoulders straight and your head high. There's nothing to be gained from fighting.

3 Take it somewhere else. Ask, "Can we talk about this privately?" If the other person agrees, move to a safe public location.

4 Take a nonviolent stand. Say, TII talk with you, but I'm not going to fight you." Or "Let's both chill out and settle this without fighting."

5 Report it to the authorities. This is a tough one for parents and kids. You may need to talk to the school or police about how your child will be protected from any possible retribution. …

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