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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