How to Deal with Your Child’s Bullying?
Observing your child’s behavioral pattern will help you know when something odd happens. He/ she might dread going to class, have some bruises or ask for more lunch money. If you see the telltale signs that include fear and inferiority, you need to step in to avoid him/ her from feeling segregated and insecure. This will avoid the development and growth of your child.
Kids tease each other in friendly ways, once it becomes hurtful and constant then that is bullying. Bullying is either verbal, physical and psychological.
If you suspect your child is being bullied and don’t know how to be sure, then look for an advert in the newspaper and ask him what he would do in a similar situation. Make sure your child knows that he needs to talk to someone like you or a school guidance teacher being bullied.
How to empower your child ?
When your child comes to open up to you about being a bullying victim, the best thing to do is to be an amazing listener and show support. A child will not open up if he/ she feels like he/she will be seen as an embarrassment. Show some love and assure him that there’s more love to give.
Commend your child for taking the right steps to tell you about the situation.
That took a lot of courage and guarantees you to be in the loop of what exactly is happening.Alert a relevant leader in the school. After being informed, pass the information to a teacher, Headteacher or guidance counselor to allow them to observers and take care of the issue.Believe your child and take it with the same urgency that it is coming from him. Bullies can threaten a child that any report to any teacher will lead to a lot more harm. In this case, the child will also like a priority in the case.
Let your child watch and play the appropriate shows and games respectively.
Violence and gruesome PlayStation games also influence the behavior of a child. Very violent shows encourage the child to turn to physical abuse so as to defend himself.
There are many tactics to use so as to arm your child. One includes telling your daughter to look at someone’s eyes when he/ she is talking to her. This will make her look courageous and not intimidated.
Get a script and practice.
This will help your child build his/ her confidence slowly. Use a toy to symbolize the bully and go over the reaction and right comments to be uttered. If silence is the best solution, then show him/ her how to avoid a dramatic encounter.
Acknowledge the milestones and praise them.
Notice the baby steps taken to improve the bullying situation. This builds your child’s self-esteem. You may not be able to protect your child from bullies, but you can train him/her on how to react and take it. Bullying crushes one’s personality so help build your child’s and ensure that it is clear that he/she is not the problem.