What About the Bullies?

by Buzz Durkin | Butokukai Newsletter | April 1, 2005

“It may be hard to work up sympathy for children who bully, but bullies themselves are often headed down a troubled path. If you think your
child might be mistreating other children, here are some suggestions:

Make it clear that aggression isn’t the only option.

Find the underlying cause of his behavior.

Ask yourself if your child might be imitating behavior he sees at home.

Monitor TV viewing and video games. CMCH Scientist Dr. Ronald Slaby says “Watch television, and you’d think violence is heroic, manly, funny, and without consequence.
That’s a bad lesson for children to pick up, so set limits and oversee your child’s viewing habits.”

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