What is appropriate punishment for a child who repeatedly bullies other children

United States
February 7, 2007 4:00pm CST
Does time out work better than depriving the child of something they like. Is there a point at which you should resort to spanking or some form of physical punishment to curb bullying?
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@XxAngelxX (2835)
• Canada
7 Feb 07
I think depriving the child of priviledges would work much better in this type of situation than a time out. Also a public apology (as in when the victim is around his/her friends) would help to curb this type of behaviour. As of yet, I haven't really had to deal with my children being bullies and hopefully I will never have to because I am not really sure on how I would handle this.
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• United States
7 Feb 07
I like the public apology idea, maybe in front of the whole family or whole class. So often, when we tell a child to say he is sorry, he mutters a quick, "sorry," but he really isn't sorry at all. Having to do it publicly might make him stop and think a little more about it. Thanks for the comment.
• United States
7 Feb 07
I think the kids who are being bullies should be reported to their parents first. If they continue their behavior, then they should be reported to the local police. It's not right to do that to kids. It hurst their self esteem and messes up their childhood. Plus the bullies might move to the next level and begin doing things that are worst. LLoyd
• United States
7 Feb 07
I'm glad you mentioned that we need to be concerned not only with the kids who are being bullied, but also with those who are doing the bullying. They need to be stopped as soon as possible and taught a better way to behavior for the sake of their own futures.