Tips To Help Your Child Avoid “The Summer Camp Bully”

No-Bullys-Summer-CampDid you grow up in a home with siblings? If so you were probably bullied and didn’t even realize it. Your brother/sister may have picked on your bedtime, the clothes you wore or any other number of little things in your life. You probably didn’t think of it as being bullied, but in a way it was. Hopefully you made your parents aware and they stepped in to mediate the situation, educate your sibling and it ended.

Is your child heading off to camp this summer?

Whether it’s a day camp or they are staying overnight, there are tips you should be aware of to help avoid bullying because not all kids at camp will “play nice with others.”

Do you know your children’s fears or weaknesses? Discuss them with your kids before they head out and remind them not to share them with others. That just gives them a platform to build on.

Bullying can happen at any age so try to be conscious of clothes you are packing. Is it age relevant or is it something that will be a target for other children to pick on? Make sure it’s age appropriate.

Don’t embarrass your child, if they ask you not to “fix their hair” or “adjust their clothes” in front of other kids than try to understand their request so they don’t get picked on after you are gone.

If your child finds themselves the victim of personal bullying, tell them to walk away and not engage. You can’t be bullied if you are not part of the interaction.

Teach your child how to prevent being cornered or guided to an isolated area. If this happens they should know how to escape from the situation.

Don’t let your child suffer in silence. Watch for signs like changes in behavior, friends, clothing and other social interactions. You may want to consider contacting a professional for guidance.

They should know it’s okay to tell a counselor or an adult what is happening. If it continues they should contact you. Camp should be a fun experience.

We need to put E.T.A. (Education, Training, Awareness) into action when we experience bullying first hand, suspect it, or see it happening. It’s important to talk to all parties involved. Kids can be mean but they don’t always understand the ramifications of what they are doing. They might just think this is “teasing” someone or “having fun.” You need to explain to them the consequences of repeated bullying. Have them put themselves in the other person’s shoes. Being a bully may limit the type & number of friends they have, social invitations they receive and of course they will almost always be the person that is suspected of “starting an altercation” even if they had nothing to do with it. Would you know if your child was a bully?

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Written by: Tracy Vega, Co-founder of Simple Self Defense for Women®


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Tracy Vega, mom, wife, visionary, community leader and entrepreneur is the co-founder of Simple Self Defense for Women®, an award winning company that promotes the personal safety of women and children with a focus on how to prevent, avoid and ESCAPE a potential attack, threat or abduction. NBC affiliate WESH News calls her a guru of women’s self defense. Tracy is the Simple Self Defense for Women® TV shows star, co-host and featured speaker to many businesses, companies, organizations and associations. Tracy’s professionalism has awarded her the support of many major corporations who are investing in the personal safety of women as clients and corporate sponsors.

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