With school starting up, there is a pretty uncomfortable topic parents don’t want to think about as their child heads to school: Bullying. Some children are unfortunately faced with bullies as they enter into school, or they my experience this issue throughout their school years. Not only is bullying just at school, but it now follows children home from school, lurking on the Internet. Whatever the case may be, bullying is extremely destructive to children, including the bully. No one wants to see their child being bullied or see their child be a bully. Here are a few tips to help your child cope with a bully or teach your child a better outlet than bullying others.
Let’s start off by identifying what bullying truly is:
If your child is experiencing any of these things in school, they need to tell someone immediately!
If your child is being bullied, don’t just tell them to ignore it. Here are a few coping mechanisms from UNICEF to help alleviate the stress of dealing with a bully for students, parents and teachers.
What can your child do if they see another one of their peers being bullied?
1. Tell an adult that someone is being bullied.
2. Be a friend to the child that is being teased.
3. Stand up for the child that is being bullied.
Doing these simple things can show other students and your child that they can help eliminate bullying within their school. Doing so does not make them lame, it helps solve an even bigger problem.