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Talking to Your Preschooler about Bullying

by Nicole Etolen

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Talking to Your Preschooler about Bullying
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Many people mistakenly believe that they don’t need to worry about bullying until their children at least start elementary school, if not later. Even many of the initiatives designed to prevent bullying focus on children in middle or high school. While it’s true that those are the ages that are hardest hit by the epidemic, studies indicate that bullying can start as young as age 3, or around the time most children start preschool. Talking to your preschooler about bullying at a young age not only benefits them now, but the message may be more likely to stick with them in the future.

Of course, you’ll need to take a slightly different approach to discussing bullying with a preschooler than you would with an older child. Preschoolers may not understand the different terms involved in more advanced discussions. With a little creativity, though, you’ll be able to get the message across.

Tips for Talking to Preschoolers about Bullying

At this age, talking to your child may not be enough to prevent bullying in preschool. Choose a preschool with an “open door” policy and take advantage of it by dropping in unexpected on occasion. Volunteer in the classroom when you have the time. Get to know the parents of the other children if possible. Many parents use preschool as a form of daycare, so time is often limited. Still, if you can take a day off, or even visit on your lunch break once in a while, you’ll get to know the teachers and children that your child interacts with a little better. If bullying does become an issue, you’ll know who to talk to.

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