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Honoring National Safety Month, an integral component to safety is to learn how to not become a victim.

Once a victim, the role tends to follow the child everywhere.

What is a victim?

It is a kid who gets teased or tricked often.

Why do kids want to make somebody a victim?
  • To be mean
  • To make themselves feel strong
  • To laugh
  • To frighten
  • To annoy
  • To bother
  • To torment
  • To take out their own problems on me by gaining control over me
  • To try to be funny
  • To try to make other kids laugh
What do I do so I don’t become a victim?
  • I don’t believe kids when they say silly things, untrue things.
  • I respond to teasing by being strong and saying, “So?!”
  • I don’t let teasing bother me.
  • I don’t use a loud voice or scream when I am being teased.
  • I refuse to be a messenger
  • I don’t repeat rumors.
  • I don’t brag.
  • I don’t show that I am scared.

If I am a victim once, I will be targeted again and again. I can change my actions so I will not be a victim!

Many parents are not sure of what to say and do to help their children improve their social interactions. Social Rules for Kids: The Top 100 Social Rules Kids Need to Succeed, written by Sue Diamond, MA, CCC, helps open the door of communication between parent and child as they read the rules together and develop a social plan.

What makes this book particularly effective is that it breaks down these complex issues and reframes them into “rules,” written directly to the young person reading the book with a teacher, parent or other adult. Each of the carefully selected and crafted 100 social rules starts with a short introduction or explanation, followed by easy-to-follow steps and ending with a take-away message (“Remember”).

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