Bullying knows no boundaries. Children, teens, popular or not can be victims of bullying. Often bullies are looking for attention, attention they are not getting from other healthy sources. Those who bully need to be strongly in control and feel the need to use dominance as a weapon. They use fear and status and to pick on those who come off as weak, shy or even kind and caring. Victims of bullying often have their self-esteem shattered, ultimately lowering their self-image and self-worth.
Some facts* all parents should know about bullying:
- 1 out of every 4 kids bullied
- Over 13 million kids will be bullied this year
- Bullying is the most common violence against children
- As many as 160,000 students may stay home on any given day because they’re afraid of their bullies
*source STOMP Out Bullying 2016
You can teach your child these important things about bullying:
- Bullying can happen at any age
- If they are a bystander to bullying – in person or online, take action immediately – Report it! Tell an adult or authority figure
- Use your words, not your body, to defend yourself
- Walk away
- Remain positive – being bullied does not reflect on yourself as a person
- Lead by example
Taking karate is an excellent way to empower kids. Kids can use the classes as a way to regain self-confidence that may have been lost after a bullying situation. Through karate classes, children will learn to:
- Have respect. For themselves and for others.
- Talk to parents, as well as instructors, about bullying situations.
- Assess situations that they or someone else they know are in.
- Refrain from violent behavior.
- Control impulses and calm themselves when in difficult situations.
Visit our Kempo Karate page for more information on signing your child up for classes.