Bulying is a major problem in many schools around the world. It has been around for years, and is often a very difficult problem for teachers and parents to solve. Teasing can be a very natural part of any child’s experience at school, whether they are on the giving or receiving end. If you find out that your child is teasing other kinds at school, there are steps you can take to make sure it doesn’t turn into something more serious. By addressing the teasing head on, you can help your child see the error of their ways and prevent these behaviors in the future.
Teasing at Home
Many children tease their siblings or others at home as a result of some sort of peer pressure. This is more applicable in a school setting, where a child will want to fit in and, to do so, will point out differences in someone else to put them down. Even the gentlest teasing can hurt another child in ways you couldn’t imagine. If your household is often filled with both you, your spouse, and your other children/family members teasing one another, this behavior may not translate well outside the home. Be careful about the types of language and behavior your child could pick up at home.
Behind the Teasing
Children also tease others to gain attention or deal with stress they feel in other parts of their lives. By consulting with teachers and other adults who are involved with your child during the day, you’ll be able to get an accurate assessment of what’s really going on. Just because you don’t think there are problems at home doesn’t mean there isn’t an underlying factor you haven’t considered. Be open and questioning about yourself when you learn that your child’s teasing has somehow led to bullying.