October is National Bully Awareness Month. A bully is someone who uses strength or power to harm or intimidate those who are weaker. This is a subject we deal with ALOT. So many parents bring their children to us so they can gain confidence and learn how to defend themselves if they would ever need to. Many are already being targeted and are brought to us to teach them how to stand up for themselves. Children and adults often don’t recognize many common behaviors that bullies use to gain control. Bullies always look for a weaker target and use several tactics to help them gain control or put fear in their victim. As parents, we should teach our children how to recognize these common behaviors and tactics and encourage our children to tell a parent, teacher or trusted adult if they are on the receiving end of these behaviors or see someone else who is. We all need to recognize bully behavior when we see it and speak up against it!
Types of Bullying
Physical bullying includes hitting, kicking, tripping, pinching and pushing or damaging property. Physical bullying causes both short term and long term damage.
Verbal bullying is when an individual uses verbal language to gain power over his or her peers.
Verbal bullying includes:
Name calling, insults, teasing, intimidation, homophobic or racist remarks, or verbal abuse. While verbal bullying can start off harmless, it can escalate to levels which start affecting the individual target.
Social bullying, sometimes referred to as covert bullying, is often harder to recognize and can be carried out behind the bullied person’s back. It is designed to harm someone’s social reputation and/or cause humiliation. Social bullying includes:
lying and spreading rumors
negative facial or physical gestures, menacing or contemptuous looks
playing nasty jokes to embarrass and humiliate
encouraging others to socially exclude someone
damaging someone’s social reputation or social acceptance.
Cyber bullying can be overt or covert bullying behaviors using digital technologies, including hardware such as computers and smartphones, and software such as social media, instant messaging, texts, websites and other online platforms. Cyber bullying can happen at any time. It can be in public or in private and sometimes only known to the target and the person bullying.
Abusive or hurtful texts emails or posts, images or videos
Deliberately excluding others online
Imitating others online or using their log-in
Help them understand all of these ways that bullying happens!
Cypress Martial Arts and Fitness offers TaeKwon-Do and Krav Maga for both Kids and Youth. Come in and see why martial arts training is the best bully defense program there is! Equip them with the skills they need to be confident in any situation.
Join us on October 23rd for our FREE Bullyproof Workshop!