It is vital to encourage resilience in children and young people because it gives them the ability to deal with the ups and downs of life, and is based on self-esteem. The more resilient a child is, the better they will deal with life as they grow and develop into adulthood. Resilience is about being independent, standing on your own two feet or taking back the power. It is important because it can help reverse some of the effects that bullying can have on children and young people. It is also a life skill and will be useful to a child in many areas. It will give them confidence not only to stand up for themselves but also to champion the rights of others. Resilience can help to increase a child’s self-worth, and helps to promote and restore self-esteem. It can prevent children taking more drastic action like self-harming or suicide and can send a message to other people, such as bullies, that what they’re doing is not working. If children are resilient they will be able to cope better with problems, they will have better health and they will be happier and more fulfilled. They will also be less likely to develop emotional problems like depression or anxiety. Helping them to deal with disappointment or failure will give them the life skills which in turn will help them deal with things in a positive way. Children who build long lasting strong relationships have a much wider social circle. These strong relationships with other people enriches their lives and social skills, and helps them to deal with disappointment far better, giving them a greater positive outlook on their lives.
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