“We used to think bullying started at around third grade, but now we know it starts in preschool,” says Joel Haber, Ph.D., psychologist and author of Bullyproof Your Child for Life: Protect Your Child from Teasing, Taunting and Bullying for Good. Bullying is a source of stress, fear, and anxiety in young children, but there are some simple and powerful things parents and teachers can do to help toddlers and preschoolers take charge. One of the best ways to prevent children from being bullied is to show them how to establish and control their own space with language: body language, verbal language, and even sign language!

Download this interactive PDF report: Bully-Proofing Your Preschooler – with stories from parents, tips from teachers, and a links to resources you can use to explore this important topic with your child. Includes videos of the five essential signs every toddler and preschool can use to deal with an aggressor. (To view videos, download the document to your computer and open the PDF.)

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