Bullying is a trigger phrase for many parents and kids these days. Now while I agree that bullying should never happen, it does and it always will. Why because of parents or the lack of parenting. This article gives some good advice but the best advice is found at the end, “Teach your child to be assertive”. That is the only true way to avoid bullying or have it not matter at all to your child. An assertive child who is confident in themselves won’t be bothered by bullying at all. Martial Arts training helps improve confidence in children, they have a safe place where they are excepted, where they are taught to defend themselves. This is key, they don’t have to use the skills, but knowing that they have the skills and the ability to win is huge.
I would also look at one of my previous posts on What Bullying is NOT. Most kids, parents and Teachers, don’t understand at all what bullying is and is not. Most of what someone might call bullying is not at all. Remember it has to be deliberate, ongoing, and have an imbalance of power. Teasing is not, name calling is not.