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Confidence Coach says children should know importance of appreciating who they are.

Andrea Macpherson Oct. 24, 2012

PORT COQUITLAM (NEWS1130) – One Confidence Coach is hoping self esteem issues are top of mind at the sold out forum Bullying: It Ends With You in Port Coquitlam.

Suzanne Fetting with Absolute Confidence says positive self image can prevent children from becoming targets of bullying, however sometimes that’s easier said than done. She recognizes it is hard to listen to your parents when your peers may be saying something else.

“Incredibly important for all children to really know the importance of appreciating who they are and focusing on their strengths and focusing on embracing other people and really learning assertiveness skills and understanding that the people doing the bullying are just as insecure as those being targeted,” Fetting says.
 
She believes standing up for yourself is just as important as standing up for others.

“I believe it would have a lot to do with them embracing differences in people. I think sometimes that is really missing,” Fetting adds.

Four-hundred-and-fifty people turned out for the standing room-only forum held at the Terry Fox Theatre. It’s being hosted by the Joint Family Court and Youth Justice Committee in partnership with the Canadian Red Cross.


Resources for kids and parents

The Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention Centre  is available to help province-wide.

Stop A Bully is a national anti-bullying reporting system.

Kids Help Phone is available anytime for youth of all ages. Call toll-free 1-800-668-6868.

 

 Article Source: News 1130

 

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