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29 November 2010

What to do if your child is a bully

If you're told that your child is a bully, you need to control your reaction, talk to their children and maintain on ongoing dialogue, advises an expert.

If you're told that your child is a bully, you need to control your reaction and carefully consider the situation, advises an expert. "Take a deep breath and don't panic. Resist the temptation to respond defensively with 'not my child'.

Understand that your child may be testing behaviours," said Sally Kuykendall, an assistant professor of health services at Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia.

"Confront excuses. Don't allow them to tell you they were 'just joking.' Set clear and consistent limits. Let your child know what is socially acceptable behaviour. Don't let your child blame the victim or rationalise the attacks," Kuykendall added.

 
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