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Experts Discuss How to Stop Your Child from Being a Bully

Earlier this week, we brought you tips on how your kids can avoid being bullied now that they are back in school. Today, KSMU's Kristian Kriner now looks at this issue from the side of the bully and what parents can do to make sure their kid isn't a bully.

Experts say finding out that your kid is a bully at school is hard for parents to believe and understand.

For the parents who don't know if their kid is a bully, there are ways to find out before they get a call from the principal.

William Robison is an Assistant Professor of Marriage and Family Therapy at the Forest Institute.

He says if your child is more aggressive at home then they could be a bully at school.

"I think parents need to just pay attention and watch how their child behaves at home. If their child is aggressive at daycare, if their child is aggressive with a cat, if their child is aggressive with their siblings, younger siblings in particular, those are all signs that your kid could become a bully in the outer sector," Robison said.

Robison also says children who have a hard time finding other children to play with, could be a bully.

Those parents who discover that their kid is a bully may not know how to fix the problem.

Robison says parents need to take the situation seriously and address the bullying problem to make sure it doesn't get worse.

"If you see bullying behavior in your kids, talk to your kids about that; explain to them that it's inappropriate and if you can help the kid find in an area where they can excel in and they can feel good about themselves a lot of times bullying behavior ends," Robison said.

He says the parents need to set up behavioral guidelines and give the child rewards when the child obeys those rules.

Robison says the best thing you can do for your child is to help them realize what it would be like to be the one being bullied.

For KSMU News, I'm Kristian Kriner.