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Helping Young Kids Face Bullies

As parents, we work hard every day to teach our children to be kind, empathetic, and respectful of others. Unfortunately, we can’t always be there to navigate their every social interaction.


Bullying is something present in almost any situation with kids and can start as early as kindergarten. Bullying can range from teasing, to threats, to physical violence. There are a number of reasons that children bully, which we will discuss in a later blog post. For now, let’s take a look at the forms that bullying can take.

Types of Bullying

  • Verbal: Using insults, name calling, or teasing to make a child feel sad or scared.
  • Physical: Using their body to pinch, trip, push, chase, or fight a child.
  • Gestures: Making threatening facial expressions or gestures with their body.
  • Exclusion: Intentionally leaving a child out of an activity.
  • Extortion: Demanding lunch items, toys or schoolwork from a child.

Is Your Child A Target of Bullying?

Even on their best days, it’s hard for some kids to talk about their day. Ask “How was school today?” and you’re likely to get a “Good.” A child who is being bullied may be even more likely to keep quiet about what’s going on at school or in an after-school club. They’re likely feeling a range of emotions from embarrassment and low self-esteem to fear.

For more indicators that your child is being bullied and ways to help, visit lanekids.org

This article is brought to you by Parenting Now Parenting Educators and authors Amanda Bedortha, Claire Davis and Lynne Swartz and consultant Jay Thompson (andupdatemywebsite.com).  Parenting Now is passionate about happy, healthy families. For more information about Parenting Now please visit their website (https://parentingnow.org/) or contact us at info@parentingnow.org

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