Working within a youth environment, it is important for coaches, players, and parents to be able to to recognize bullying. Children will operate without a filter as they are developing their social skills, and while a certain level of honesty is important, how this is communicated in a proper way is a part of that development. It is important that we can identify bullying so we can teach youth sports athletes on –
- How to communicate differences.
- How to become a leader through positive reinforcement and guidance of others through their challenges.
- Moral learning of how bullying is inappropriate and detrimental to the person being bullied both short term and long term.
See the following document for insight on how to identify bullying behavior, and how we can educate the youth athlete on their actions and help support their social development – SafeSport Bullying