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Friday, July 29, 2011

Author Guest Post: C.D Shelton - Bullying

Today, here at peace Love & Reviews is an article from author of Kid's Guide to Being a Winner.

A Parent's Guide on Bullying

The act of bullying is the intentional tormenting of a person in a physical, verbal or psychological way. It can range from hitting , shoving, name calling to threats and mocking and even extortion of money or other valued items.

Some kids bully by shunning others and spreading rumors about them. Others use email, chat rooms, instant messages, social networking websites, and text messages to taunt others or hurt their feelings.

There is a fine line to be found by the parents of a child they think is being bullied. We have all been teased and kidded while in school (or workplace). Unless your child has visible bruises or injuries, it can be difficult to figure out if it’s happening to your kid.

There are some telltale signs, you as a parent, might notice. Maybe you see your child acting differently or seeming anxious or not eating or sleeping well. When they start avoiding certain situations, it might be because of a bully.

Talk to your child. See if you can get them to open up. This can be difficult because your kid might feel embarrassed to admit they are the recipient of such behavior.

If your child tells you about a bully, focus on offering comfort and support, no matter how upset you are. Sometimes kids feel like it’s their own fault, that if they looked or acted differently it wouldn’t be happening.

Praise your child for being brave enough to talk about it. Remind your kid that he or she is not alone. Point out many people get bullied at some point in their life. Emphasize that it’s the bully that is behaving badly, not your child.

Sometimes an older sibling or friend can help by relating how they coped with a bullying episode.

Take it seriously if you hear the bullying is getting worse. If you think the parents of the bully needs to be contacted, use a teacher or counselor from the school to mediate.

Many states have bullying laws and policies. Find out about the laws in your community.

C. D. Shelton

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Texan born, C.D. Shelton grew up in Los Angeles California. He served two years in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.

He holds two Masters, one in Administration and the other in Biology.

He taught at Hollywood High School and was assistant Vice-Principal during his first ten years as an Educator.

He has taught Biology for the Los Angeles Community College District for over four decades. As a Biology Professor, he wrote and developed the Biology Curriculum for the Los Angeles Community Colleges for all the pre-med majors and non majors. He co-authored two laboratory manuals for the life science department on Physiology and for Anatomy.

C.D. Shelton’s interest have included aviation, tennis and golf to name just a few. He has a private pilots license, he was a certified tennis instructor for eight years. He is a father of three, grandfather of four, he lives in Orange County California with his wife and niece. He is currently writing his tenth novel.

C.D Shelton's website.

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