Teen Pressures: Bullying in School

If you’re child comes home to you one day, bruised up and dirty, and confesses to you that he had been bullied by a larger kid at school, what would you do?  Your probable initial reaction is to confront the bully right off the bat, often saying bad things about that bullying child; sometimes you even encourage your child to fight back. These options could be very wrong and may send the wrong message to your child.

Teach your child how to deal with these situations maturely — not by engaging in a fight or by resorting to abusive vices — so you can show him the more important values in life.

bullying in schoolWhat should my child do if he or she gets bullied?

The best strategy is a good long-term plan. Getting back at someone just makes the situation worse. Teach your child to stand firm. A quick and clear response is to say: “I don’t like it, so please stop.” Always remind your child to talk to adults or to teachers whenever he gets bullied in school.

Won’t it get worse if we tell authorities?

Unless there’s definite action to be taken, it may never go away. The school authorities’ utmost concern is the development of a child and they abhor bullying or harassment. They are always willing to help. Talk to your child’s teachers so that they can develop a plan against bullying.

What are the signs that my child is getting bullied?

Look for signs like: lack of friends, fear of going to school, missing belongings, torn clothing, fearfulness and anxiety. As these signs don’t guarantee a bullied child, the best way to find it is still to ask your child yourself. Talk about their day. Always establish trust, because if they trust you, they will tell you.

Pass it on. Help a friend or a loved one.

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