More than likely, you and many other parents were either victims of bullying in your developmental years. You may have even been a bully yourself. As a parent now, it’s important that you understand exactly how your child will react to a bullying scenario and employ practices that can help them cope with the stress this will inevitably cause. To effectively go through the motions and make this possible, you must do your own research into the practices and methods being implemented at the school where your child is being bullied. Furthermore, you must help your child cope with the bullying in a healthy and positive way.
If You Feel Your Child Is a Victim of Bullying, Reach Out to the School
When your child complains about a certain group of kids or doesn’t want to go to school, there may be an underlying reason they don’t feel comfortable talking about. Children who tattle at school often fall under scrutiny by their peers, so they may endure bullying just to keep themselves afloat. Talk to teachers if you notice any visual or emotional cues that may lead you to believe your child is being bullied.
They will most likely be able to paint an accurate picture of the situation, but they won’t always have the information you need. If you suspect your child is a victim, ask them directly while letting them know you’ll keep the information to yourself unless it’s serious.
Teach Your Child How to Respond in a Healthy Way
Because they may feel self-conscious speaking out about bullying, give your child a few tips they can take to school with them to avoid these types of behaviors from other children. Let them know they can always walk away if they feel uncomfortable, talk to teachers, or simply find a new group of friends. Many children will undergo bullying of some type during their young lives, so make sure to let your child know this, and that it’s important to resist the urge to fight back.