Back to school time means the return of bullies for some students

The best way to fight back is to not fight at all.

Suzanne Monaghan
August 24, 2018 - 9:30 pm

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Back to school can be an especially stressful time for kids who have been victims of bullying, but it can also be a fresh start for dealing with the abuse.

Parents can help by remaining calm and reassuring their child that they are not to blame for the bullying.  And the best way to fight back, according to author and kindness advocate Marie Unanue, is to not fight at all.

"The best thing they can do is throw the bully off by laughing it off or saying something kind back to them," she said.

Because they're not prepared for that response and don't know how to react to it.

And if your child witnesses someone being victimized..

"There's power in numbers, so if somebody, especially a young child sees a child sitting alone or being picked on, it goes such a long way for someone to go over and include them in their group, invite them to walk away with you," she said.

Some signs your child is being bullied: Unexplained injuries, lost clothing, electronics or jewelry, faking illness, or difficulty sleeping.