Students with Deficits in Social Skills and Soft Skills are More Likely to be Bullied

bully proof your child

Children, teens and adolescents who have weaknesses in their “social skills” and “soft skills” are walking around with a proverbial “bullseye” on their foreheads. Those children who are “different” from their peers tend to make easy targets for the bullies of the world. But do not give up hope, there is much we can do to help our children learn how to “repel bullies”.

Scientifically-based social and soft skills programs can help teach the skills our children may be missing, otherwise known as the “hidden curriculum”, those people skills not typically taught in school. Some of the key areas lacking are:

Interpersonal Skills which address how to effectively use direct, honest and appropriate expression of thoughts, feelings and behaviors in dealing with others.

Self-Esteem/Self-Concept a personal level of satisfaction with current attitudes, beliefs and general behavior. The ability to see one’s self for who they really are based on their own perception not the perception of others.

Empathy is the ability to sense, understand and accept another person’s thoughts, feelings and behaviors.

Theory of Mind commonly thought of as the ability to understand the thoughts and intentions of others. In all my years of experience, I believe that much of the addiction to their “screens” phones, ipads, etc. is a result of Theory of Mind challenges where children do not see themselves fitting in with peers, so they find an alternate reality to participate in through their “screens”, while shutting out the “mean/cruel/stupid” world.

Self-Control Many of our children who are easy targets for bullies have challenges with being able to self-monitor their emotions and to self-regulate their emotions and behavior.

Conflict Resolution Children that tend to get bullied have a hard time advocating for themselves. This includes the process of resolving or finding a solution for some sort of disagreement, fight, or form of oppression.

Our social skills and soft skills courses can help your child become “bully- proof”, call today for free information.

Dr. Eric Nach, Ph.D., M.Ed., A.S.D. Certified
Developmental and Behavioral Specialist

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