Learn How to Deal with Bullies -- and the Bullied
Bullying is not a new phenomenon -- just watch an episode of "Leave it to Beaver" or "Father Knows Best." In those shows, the child was usually encouraged to call the bully's bluff in a showdown after school. The bully would turn out to be a coward and the main character gained confidence. Too bad dealing with bullying in the real world these days isn't as simple. Bullies have more outlets -- such as online social networking sites -- to intimidate their victims. So, dealing with these tormenters often takes subtle and creative action. Tell your child to always stick with friends, and enlist the help of older siblings or cousins. Also, teach him or her to control anger around bullies, and remove any bully incentives, like lunch money. It also wouldn't hurt to contact a teacher at your tween's school.