Reading the broadsheet is part of my morning ritual. It does not only give you the current news, which usually is not too good. It also gives you knowledge on general information which are mostly very helpful. I actually have gathered quite a number of newspaper clippings from different paper publications I have read in the past. Articles that are interesting, useful and worth sharing catch my attention.
Just a few days ago, I chanced upon Yoly Villanueva-Ong's Citizen Y article on the Philippine Star www.philstar.com and I can't help but share it here. Parents, we need to read this over and over. I know you can't cut this out, but feel free to share.
Proven tips on how to handle school bullies from the Anti-bullying experts:
1. Don't give the bully a chance. Avoid him as much as you can.
2. Stand tall and be brave. Even when you're not feeling your bravest , send the message: "Don't mess with me."
3. Feel good about yourself. Try to look and feel your best
4. Get a buddy (and be a buddy). Two is better than one.
5. Ignore the bully. Pretend you don't hear them and walk away quickly to a place of safety. They enjoy reaction to their teasing and meanness.
6. Stand up for yourself. Tell the bully "No! Stop it!" in a loud voice. If you obey them, they will likely keep bullying you.
7. Don't bully back. Fighting back just satisfies them and it's dangerous.
8. Don't show your feelings. Plan ahead. Stop yourself from getting angry or upset.
9. Tell an authority. Get objective arbitration.
After all, nobody wants these kind of scenes.