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Teach problem-solving to prevent bullying

September 25, 2010

By Sharon Jayson (USA Weekend, 9-19-2010)

Kids and teens (especially boys) who have trouble with solving problems are more at risk of becoming bullies, victims of bullying or both, says a new review of research published in the past 30 years. The analysis of 153 studies, by researchers from Louisiana State University-Baton Rouge and the University of California-Riverside, appeared in the June issue of the journal School Psychology Quarterly. The studies had sample sizes from 44 to as many as 26,430. Ages spanned from 3 to 18. All were from the USA and Europe.

You can help your child avoid becoming a bully or a victim at school by promoting good problem-solving skills. Tips:

Let children figure it out. Your children need to learn how to solve problems themselves, which often means trial and error. You can make suggestions, but don't swoop in to fix everything immediately.

Play games. Use puzzles and games like checkers or chess to encourage rational problem-solving.

Set and follow rules. When you are firm and fair with punishments, your child will reflect on the consequences of his actions. Talk to your child about why he is being punished and what he can do differently next time.

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