Is My Kid Being Bullied? What Parent Need to Know.

Shantie Toolsie  | November 5, 2019

It’s one of a parent’s biggest nightmares: bullying in school. Unfortunately, bullying has always been around, but schools, teachers, and students can play a huge part in preventing it. Awareness is key when it comes to bullying. Parents can help by being vigilant and paying attention to their children’s behavior to detect whether or not bullying is a concern. Here are a few tips for parents when it comes to bullying.

1. Know Your Child

Although we think we know our kids, sometimes they keep being bullied a secret. There are several reasons for this, including a feeling of shame or guilt, a fear of getting in trouble, or a fear of retaliation if they tattle on their bully. Knowing how your child acts normally will help you to determine if any change in personality or mood starts to occur. Sleep issues, depression, bad grades, and moodiness can all be indicators something is going on in your child’s life. If you notice a change, talk to them and find out what is going on.

2. Prevent Bully Behavior

We always think about whether or not our child is being picked on or bullied, but we don’t always stop to question whether or not our child could be a bully. Instilling The Golden Rule is something all parents do, but sometimes kids still treat each other disrespectfully. Watch your child’s interactions with friends, siblings, and teachers, and try to curb impulsive and aggressive behavior. Make sure they know what bullying is and that it is NEVER okay.

3. Communicate

Discussing bullying with kids is crucial. Not only should you discuss what to do if bullying occurs to them, but also how they can help protect and stand up for their friends and peers. Inform your kids to always let a teacher, counselor, and/or a responsible adult know when bullying is happening. By shedding a light on the problem of bullying, we can work towards a solution.

Bullying isn’t just an issue that affects our kids. It affects everyone involved, and has a huge impact on the development of our future leaders. Through awareness and prevention, parents can play a significant part in the battle against bullying. Have the conversation with your child, stay aware of what’s going on in their lives, and make sure they know they can always seek the help of a responsible adult.

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