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posted: 6/3/2012 6:51 AM

Can you really teach a kid to become bullyproof?

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  • This June 2010 photo provided by Lisa Suhay shows her son Quin Suhay, now 8, tackling Bill Odom, owner of Norfolk Karate Academy in Norfolk, Va., as part of a bullyproofing class that combines jujitsu _ defensive moves only, no punching or kicking _ with verbal strategies. Other types of bullyproofing programs, including guides for parents and regular classroom curricula, seek to make kids less vulnerable to being picked on by teaching them how to deal with teasing and how to make friends.

      This June 2010 photo provided by Lisa Suhay shows her son Quin Suhay, now 8, tackling Bill Odom, owner of Norfolk Karate Academy in Norfolk, Va., as part of a bullyproofing class that combines jujitsu _ defensive moves only, no punching or kicking _ with verbal strategies. Other types of bullyproofing programs, including guides for parents and regular classroom curricula, seek to make kids less vulnerable to being picked on by teaching them how to deal with teasing and how to make friends.
    Associated Press

 
Associated Press

Teaching kids to become "bullyproof" is all the rage. books, videos and websites promise to show parents how to protect their kids from being bullied; school districts are buying curricula with names like "bully-proofing your school," a well-regarded program used in thousands of classrooms. even martial arts programs are getting into the act: "bullyproofing the world, one child at a time," is the motto for a jujitsu program called gracie bullyproof.

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