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How To Protect Your Child From Bullying At School

1. Discuss What Constitutes Bullying
Before we start talking about bullying, it's important to stop and define it. All kids make mistakes and sometimes unkindness is simply the result of a misunderstanding. Realizing there's a distinction is important. Bullying is a very real and important issue and shouldn't be ignored. 

According to the US government, "Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time. Both kids who are bullied and who bully others may have serious, lasting problems."

As such, when you talk to your kids about what it means to be bullied, it's important you talk about how serious bullying really is. It's not just one accidental unkind gesture. Instead, it's intentional. This can include teasing, misuse of physical strength, threats, and the purposeful exclusion of others.