Category - Bullying Prevention
How Do You Quiet the Buzz of Cyberbullying?
“He is such a faxxx like i can’t belief his dum stupid shirt. what a xxxx fairy.” Has your child ever received a text like this? If so, he has experienced cyberbullying. “When one child targets another through an electronic device like an iPhone to threaten, humiliate, or torment, he or she has engaged in cyberbullying,” says bullying expert Holly Pedersen, MFT, PhD, Director of the Community Education Center of Parents Place on the Peninsula. “What makes this form of bullying so lethal is that it usually falls under the radar until it’s too late—when the message goes viral. In extreme… Continue Reading
Bullying in Preschool?
The preschool years are foundational for children’s social and emotional development—a time when children’s social interactions increase dramatically as they move from parallel to more collaborative play with peers. Not surprisingly, this means more social and communication missteps as children learn how to interact and connect to each other while their social, communication, and emotion-management skills are still in the very early stages of development. What all of this means is that most of the problems you are seeing between and among preschoolers, particularly those under 4, are often signs of poor impulse control and limited language skills, not indications… Continue Reading
You Can’t Come to My Birthday Party! and Other Explorations of Girl* Power
Girls explore power through relationships, beginning in the older preschool years. New friendships blossom during this time through imaginative play and common interests. Bonds between friends deepen, even influencing the mood and emotion of a child if her friend is absent from school. Many girls are verbal and social, preferring imaginative games that mirror real experiences such as playing house, grocery store, or doctor’s office. Often, girls will take on the powerful roles they see around them: mom, doctor, or teacher. As friendships form and grow, girls may begin to explore power within this new bond. They may begin excluding… Continue Reading
Little Girls Can Be Mean!
Helping Your Daughter Navigate Girl World If you have a daughter, it’s a good bet that at one time or another she has come home in tears due to social problems. She may have been the target of exclusion or taunting, perhaps initiated by her former best friend, or pushed out of a circle of friends she has known since preschool. Perhaps she wasn’t invited to a party everyone is talking about. She doesn’t understand why she isn’t “popular.” Chances are you are seeing these problems emerging in elementary school—particularly in the second and third grades—and intensifying toward the onset… Continue Reading
Bullying: What Parents Need to Know
Over the last few years, media attention on bullying has dramatically increased, highlighting some of the most severe cases, including those leading to the suicide of youth who were targets of physical, relational, and online bullying (cyberbullying). Understandably, parents are concerned about the impact of bullying on their children’s well-being. As in most matters, knowledge is power, giving you the perspective and tools you need to help your child be healthy and safe. Here are answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about bullying: 1. What is (and isn’t) bullying? Bullying is conscious, willful, repeated, and deliberately hurtful acts intended to… Continue Reading