The Children and Families section
of this site to explores
and discusses some of the behaviors that are early warning
signs of unhealthy relationships with your children, family
members, friends or co-workers. There is a similarity between
the behaviors of Bullying, Sexual
Harassment and Intimate
They are all about having power and control
person. They may also be indicators of future behaviors.
Children who bully might not grow up to be abusive partners.
However, children who bully and are not made to modify their
behavior may find themselves relying on these "relationship"
skills later in life. The information contained in this section
help start discussions about and raise awareness of the
importance of early prevention and education regarding
unhealthy relationships and abusive or harassing behaviors.
Violence is a learned behavior. In order
to stop the cycle of
violence in individual relationships, we must look at a bigger
This is the cycle of children growing up in abusive and violent
homes and then becoming abusers or victims themselves. Does
this mean that they are destined to repeat the pattern of
their parents, brothers, sisters or grandparents? No, it does
not. However, they are at an increased risk to do just that.
We, as caregivers and community members, must recognize and
challenge this risk. We must educate and support our children,
youth and teens (link Teen section). We must give them alternatives
to violence and victimization.
Begin making your child aware of bullying