Bullying is a persistent and growing problem in both North America and across the world. As different methods of bullying come to light (e.g., social media, other online means), there are more things to worry about. As a child, being isolated from your peers because of being different can be a very traumatic experience. If your child knows of someone who’s being bullied but is doing nothing about it, teach the child about the many steps they can take to help their peer. More than likely, the reason they told you in the first place is because deep down inside they are uncomfortable with the situation as well.
Developing These Skills Will Help with Self Confidence
By teaching your child that bullying is wrong and encouraging them to stand up for people who can’t or don’t know how to or aren’t brave enough stand up for themselves, you’ll help them develop a sense of self-worth and independence in them. These admirable traits will carry on through many things they do. Many bullies will simply stop if someone stands up to them. Be sure your child understands that responding with the same treatment bullies dish out is never okay.
Practicing Different Situations at Home
Let’s say your child has brought a bully to your attention, and you want to help them understand how to react if they don’t like what that person is saying to someone else. Walk them through a typical bullying scenario and introduce different methods to deal with these situations. Walk them through these methods one by one, practicing them whenever you can.