If you read my articles on Lifetime Moms you know I bear it all- and this summer has been no exception, especially in regards to my daughter's bullying experience at her day camp. While I let her attend three weeks of camp- the last two of which chipped away relentlessly at her self esteem and then made the decision to send her to a different camp- my husband was vehemently opposed to my decision. Although many parents may consider bullying to be, “kids exhibiting normal kids' behavior,” it is anything but. In today's society that old rhetoric no longer holds weight as so many of these kids, especially those on the receiving end of a bully's threats, taunts and physical abuse, have taken their own lives or lashed out at their bully with fatal consequences.
Of course as parents, we all want to believe if our child was being bullied- or was the one exhibiting the unsavory bullying behavior-we'd know, we'd be clued in- but far too often, as parents we are the last to know. The truth is most parents are getting in less face-time with their kids and when they do get home they're either too exhausted to talk to their kids- or their pointed questions like; â€˜How was your day?' are met by their child's monosyllabic answers.
So what can a parent do?
It's crucial that parents teach their kids that there is zero tolerance for bullying, and one way they can achieve that objective is via No Bully Fear a new bullying prevention course developed by a team of educators, child psychologists, combative instructors, corporate conflict coaches and parents that is now available online for families.
Age appeal: No Bully Fear is recommended for children 8-12 years of age and is an engaging and character-driven course focusing on motivating families to map out customized goals and to develop safe tactics to prevent and counter cyber, physical and verbal bullying.
Parent perks: During the 16 interactive episodes running 10-15 minutes each, No Bully Fear facilitates a conversation between the parent and child.
“It is an online course, where families get all the benefits of our face-to-face training, but from the comfort of their own homes,” said Lou Paris, co-owner. “Like many parents, Mike (Mike Panebianco, co-owner) and I are no-nonsense kind of people. For that reason, the course does not use institutionally approved language to talk about bullying. We call it how it is, and we give parents or guardians and their children the tools to create a concrete plan.
What kids will go gaga for: Learning goal-oriented approaches to overcoming bullying through engaging, conversational and character-driven episodes. And of course kids will feel good about doing this alongside their parents…Each episode addresses specific topics, such as cyber bullying and self-defense. The program doesnÊ¼t teach the children self-defense directly, notes Panebianco whose career includes tactical training of U.S. service personnel, instead, it instructs the parent on how to teach their child. That way, parents have control of what their child is learning.
Cost: A 12-month course subscription may be purchased online for $79 but UNTIL October 31, 2012 you can nab it for $49 with full access to the learning tools, episodes and any new program enhancements.
For more information: Check em out at http://www.nobullyfear.com