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Radio Smart Talk: Pushed Around -- what to do if a child is bullied and if a child is the bully

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Apr 1, 2013 9:01 AM

Radio Smart Talk for Monday, April 1:

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witf's Pushed Around project on bullying continues on Monday's Radio Smart Talk with two of the most basic but maybe most important questions of all when it comes to bullying.

Parents throughout time have dealt with the first -- what to do if your child is bullied.  Experts say one of the most significant steps is to recognize when a child is being bullied.  It may not be simple because most kids don't go to their parents and tell them they're being picked on or called names.  Most often parents have to look for certain signs and behaviors like avoiding school or particular situations.

Monday's program will provide some ideas on how to tell if a child is being bullied and steps to take after determining the child is a victim of a bully.

The second question focuses on what many parents don't want to admit -- whether their child is a bully.

Again, the question arises -- how can you tell and then what should you do if you find out your son or daughter is bullying other children?

Dr. Stacy Molnar-Main of the Center for Safe Schools will be our guest.

We would like to hear your stories of bullying as well. 


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  • Radio Smart Talk img 2013-04-01 08:20

    E-mail from Manuel:

    "Is SOME measure of bullying a positive thing? I know for myself, I was bullied quite a bit in junior high and most of high school. However, eventually, I decided to stand up for myself, and learned a lot from the situation. Is there not some danger in creating an environment where there are no stressors in a child’s life that forces resoluteness of spirit?

    It is stress and strain that builds strength."

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2013-04-01 08:49

    E-mail from D.:

    "When my son was in high school 10 years ago, a group of boys was taunting him repeatedly. My advice to my son was to ignore the harassing in order to communicate to the harassers that their behavior didn't affect him.

    Throughout my children's upbringing, I'd instructed my children to "use
    their words." I now realize that that approach is appropriate when children are younger and is a form of teaching children to communicate with one another.

    Ultimately, my son took matters into his own hands. When the boys were behind him in the cafeteria line and taunted him once again, he turned around and walloped one of the boys in the head with an iced tea bottle. The boys never taunted him again.

    The school's response was to call a meeting between the school counselor and me. The school counselor told me that my son's response was one typical of boys and that he would have done the same thing when he was my son's age. He also told me my son had to pay the consequences of a 3-day suspension from school.

    My son later told me I'd raised him "to be a girl" and that my advice
    hadn't helped him.

    I do like the suggested course action of today's guest - to get the school involved and to have a bystander communicate to the harassing individuals that their behavior is inappropriate and, especially, that it is criminal.

    I do like the idea of involving the police, which, I believe would have a sobering effect on the harassers. Yet, my son's response did resolve the situation."

  • margee img 2013-04-02 08:42

    I was inspired to hear of the group of students who have organized
    in such positive ways to promote inclusivity and to discourage as well
    as respond to bullying or anything that demeans another student.

    I would like to be reminded what school that is,
    and the name of the organization organized by the students.
    This is a model to be duplicated in other schools and communities.

  • Saphire Curtis img 2013-04-03 12:35

    Unfortunately, with the generation changes, there has also been a shift in the way kids bully. This is due in part to their exposure to increasingly graphic or aggressive media images than they have had in the past, which desensitizes many to violence and vile language. Thus, being a parent I've learned to be vigilant and more particular on the safety of my teens especially when it comes with bullying cases. Then I found this site that provides a protection for children from a safety mobile protection that can access family, friends and 911 in times of emergency. I just downloaded their application on their iPhone. Here’s where you can find it:

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