As a teacher, I try to be vigilant for any tell-tale signs of bullying in school. Nowadays we have training on how to handle any situations that arise, and have a ledger to record any offenses. Bullying is taken very seriously in schools nowadays with whole lessons given over to it and assemblies regularly centred around why it's not ok. The difficulty arises when a child says something once as a mean, flippant comment, and a child grasps the 'B' word out of the air. Teaching children why bullying is wrong also involves teaching them what it is.
Bullying is intentional, directed and repeated behaviour. It is not ok!
Obviously for teachers, we get training on how to handle it and have a wealth of tools and procedures at our disposal to help our pupils. But for parents, it can be just as desperate time as for their children. They can feel just as trapped and helpless.
This guide by Jennifer Thomson gives a whole new perspective to a problem that almost everyone encounters. No parent wants their child to go through what they did, but they often need practical advice on how to stop this from happening. Bullying: A Parent's Guide offers advice on how to prevent your child from being bullied, getting help within school, understanding the mind of a bullied child (often victims themselves desperately in need of help) and how to boost your child's self-esteem.
While you think your child might be too young to encounter bullying, it's almost guaranteed that they will witness it at some point and I think this is an invaluable book to equip parents for it, if or when it occurs.
Bullying: A Parents' Guide is available to buy from Need2Know priced at £9.99
However, if you would like to be in with a chance of winning one of three copies of Bullying: A Parents' Guide (kindly provided by Need2Know) please do the following:
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Competition will close on Friday18th November 2011 at 8pm. I will select three winners at random and notify them that evening. I will need a reply by Sunday 20th November 2011 at 8pm. Need2Know are responsible for despatching the prize direct to the winners. Pressing the 'tweet' button at the top of this post does not count as tweeting the message and therefore invalidates your entry. UK entrants only.
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