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Childhood Bullying Research Paper

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Your 3-step plan to stopping childhood bullying
The Exceptional Parent. 37.2 (Feb. 2007): p64. From General OneFile.
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Bullying can happen to any child, especially one who is perceived as "different" or who isn't prepared to respond effectively. Children with disabilities can be especially vulnerable to bullying. Sometimes children are bullied specifically because of their disability.
Childhood bullying is a significant problem nationwide, and its impact on education can be profound: Statistics show that 160,000 children in the United States miss school each day as a result of being bullied. In addition, bullying can cause mental and physical stress,
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If your child is being bullied, you can take action at home to help your child learn how to respond more effectively.
Teach direct and indirect techniques for dealing with bullies. You may want to encourage your child to:
* Avoid situations where bullying occurs
* Stay near classmates, friends, peers or siblings
* Tell the child who is bullying to stop
* Do something the bully does not expect or want: yell, blow a whistle, laugh
Encourage group involvement. Children who interact with peers are less likely to be bullied. You may want to help your
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If your child is being bullied at school, you can work with teachers and administrators to create a safe environment.
Talk with teachers and administrators and:
* Notify them of the situation in writing. Schools are obligated to respond to bullying.
* Discuss ways the school can help, such as by developing a bullying awareness program.
Be part of your child's school. You might:
* Join the PTA and raise awareness of bullying as an issue.
* Offer to speak to the school board and be the "bullying expert."
Build bullying prevention goals into your child's Individualized Education Program (IEP).
For example, the IEP can include goals to:
* Improve social skills such as sharing, taking turns or thinking before acting.
* Develop conversation skills so your child can express feelings and preferences in a situation.
* Identify social norms.
* Improve the ability to speak so the child can interact with other students.

* Learn and practice direct and indirect ways to react to, handle and avoid bullying.
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