How we stop bullying

Bullying can be physical, mental or emotional.  Bullying includes: 

  • Physical violence including fighting, pushing, bumping, or unwanted touching
  • Threats and intimidation
  • Taunts, name-calling and put-downs
  • Exclusion from a group
  • Cyberbullying

Youth who are being bullied often exhibit some warning signs. [Source: Violence PreventionWorks.org] These students may:

  •  Have torn, damaged, or missing pieces of clothing, books, or other belongings
  • Have unexplained cuts, bruises, and scratches from fighting
  • Have few, if any, friends with whom he or she spends time
  • Seem afraid of going to school, walking to and from school, riding the school bus, or taking part in organized activities (such as clubs or sports) with peers
  • Take a long "illogical" route when walking to or from school
  • Lose interest in doing school work, or suddenly begin to do poorly in school
  • Appear sad, moody, teary, or depressed when he or she comes home
  • Complain frequently of headaches, stomachaches, or other physical problems
  • Have frequent bad dreams, or trouble sleeping
  • Experience a loss of appetite
  • Appear anxious and suffer from low self-esteem

How you can help if your child is being bullied

  • Listen, get the facts, and assess your child's feelings.  Let your child know that it's not his or her fault.  Praise your child for discussing the bullying.
  • Find out what your child feels he or she needs to feel safe.
  • Communicate with a parent, teacher, or authority where the bullying occurred.  Let them know the who, what, when and where.  Let school officials contact the other child's parents.
  • Talk regularly with your child and school to assess the conditions and his/her feelings. 
  • Encourage and support your child in making friends.
  • Let Best Karate help.  The first rule in Karate is to "AVOID OR STOP CONFLICT." We can discuss bullying privately or in class and show that bullying is a common problem that has positive solutions.  We do teach communication skills to prevent bullying and help people to speak up for themselves and for others. 

  • Call us at 919-844-5555.  Come observe a class. Click here for Class Schedule