Bullying is common among school-age children and it is vital that child care providers/educators work to stop bullying. Moreover, bullying has been linked to recent youth suicides and all childcare programs providing a place for youth must consider having a NO BULLY POLICY. Furthermore, parents must be aware of your efforts to stop bullying.
A (September 17-19, 2010) article in the USA Weekend provides parents with tips to help their children avoid bullying or becoming a victim of bullying. Here are some great tips to provide for parents of school-age children:
- Encourage children to learn to solve problems on their own. Don’t try to “fix” things for them.
- Encourage children to do puzzles and play games, such as chess. Doing so leads to rational problem-solving, the article states.
- Be firm and fair when setting and following rules. Explain the consequences of breaking rules.
Be sure to post these tips where the children are able to see them and they must also know that your childcare program is a NO BULLY ZONE!