The Center for Disease Control (CDC) urges us to understand why certain children and young people have potential to engage in bullying situations. Recognizing those potential risk factors will allow us to strengthen protective factors that may prevent children and young people from engaging in aggressive behavior.
The following are some examples of the social, family, and school protective factors for those children most at risk. These are factors that are within our circle of influence.
- Strong social-emotional skills and competencies
- Healthy relationships with adults outside the family
- Parents with high educational expectations
- Frequent, shared activities with parents
- Strong and positive relationships with people at school
- Strong engagement with the school
- Involvement with positive, social activities outside school
“When we know ourselves to be connected to all others, acting compassionately is simply the natural thing to do. ” ~ Rachel Naomi Remen