What to do if Your Child is the Victim of Bullying
Bullying is the act that involves an imbalance of strength or power as well as behavior that is intentional and aggressive. Children who are the victims of bullying often cannot defend themselves against their attacker. Bullying is usually not a one-time occurrence but something that happens repeatedly. Bullying can range from behaviors like teasing or name-calling, hitting or punching, intimidation using social exclusion or gestures and sending mean and hurtful messages via electronic devices like computers and cell phones. There are some steps you can take if your child is the victim of bullying.
Stay Calm with a Positive Attitude
As a parent, your natural instinct is to be upset when you discover your child is being bullied. However, you need to remain clam, focused and positive so you can effectively help your child deal with this situation. Your goal, as a parent, is to be resilient, positive and confident.
Contact the School
Your child may not want you to report the bullying to their school but if you don’t, the bullying will not stop. You need to report the incidents to the school principal right away. Tell them facts about the bullying like the who, what, when, where and how. Let the principal know that you have every intention on working with school staff to resolve this issue. You don’t want to contact the parents of the instigator but instead leave this task for school staff to handle.
Help Your Child Become Bully Resistant
There are some things you can do to ensure your child is not the victim of bullying any longer. You want to ensure your child is confident among others at school and one way to achieve this is to suggest they enroll in some sort of school activity that they may be interested in like art, music or sports. Talk to your child about how they can seek help from a trusted adult if they are the victim of bullying. And as with everything else, home is where it starts. Be sure your child is being raised in a home environment that is safe, secure and loving.