Have you ever been bullied in sports? I have. It happened in high school, and I can remember the incidents to this day. Fortunately, I was able to deal with the abuse before it got ugly. Others might not be so lucky.
What is bullying?
Bullying is repeated aggressive behavior that can be physical, verbal (name-calling, taunting. insulting), or relational. Bullying is a serious problem that has harmful effects on both the victim and the bully.
What are the effects of bullying?
Regardless of the form it takes, bullying takes a terrible emotional and physical toll on many children and youth.
What can parents do to prevent bullying?
Because of its pervasiveness and harmful consequences, parents should discuss bullying with their children. They should open the lines of communication to find out if anyone is treating their child or any other child badly and, if necessary, should take steps to stop the abuse. Simply talking about the problem can be a huge stress reliever for a child who’s being bullied.
What if your child is a bully?
Children who engage or participate in bullying also deserve attention.
What special attention is warranted in sports?
In sports, program directors and coaches should make sure that bullying does not occur.
Do you want to learn more about parenting young athletes?
The Mastery Approach to Parenting in Sports is a research-based video that emphasizes skill development, achieving personal and team success, giving maximum effort, and having fun. To access the video, go to the Youth Enrichment in Sports website: http://www.y-e-sports.org