<p>Problem-solving skills can be honed with trusted adults and children before heading to school. Take turns being the &#34;bully&#34; and the &#34;bullied.&#34; Help your child to find the best way to deal with the unkind remarks. When a child is able to deal with his fears in a comfortable and loving environment, he will be better able to face them for real.</p>Humor is a way to disarm the teaser. Help your child prepare some &#34;comeback&#34; remarks. The goal is not to tease the bully back, but to deflect the teasing with a lighthearted attitude.<p>The child doing the teasing will be encouraged by a strong emotional reaction, such as anger or fear. A different, or unexpected response will confuse the child who is doing the teasing.</p><p><a href="http://familyfun.go.com/parenting/child/dev/expert/dony0600fanames/" data-component="link" data-source="inlineLink" data-type="externalLink" data-ordinal="1">Body language</a> is important, and can encourage, or discourage, the teaser. Try altering the body language from that of embarrassment and fear, such as looking down or running way, to confidence, such as a head held high. In some cases, teaching children some self-defense may be helpful. Martial arts academies often offer training courses that can be anything from short-term self-defense to long-term confidence and conditioning programs. The key is to help and empower children to understand and use their ability to stand up to a bully and prevent future episodes of bullying behavior.</p>The child being teased should understand that some kids may tease as a way of covering up insecurities and fears. Children who bully or tease may have a difficult time at home or at school, and that could be the cause of their insecurity. This is a difficult concept for children to understand, but older kids and teens may feel some sympathy for a kid who bullies because he is secretly unhappy.Some kids just pick on everyone, and the teasing shouldn&#39;t be taken to heart. Next week the teaser may move on to someone else, and the episode will be soon forgotten.