Bullying is certainly not a new issue, even though recently it has had a lot of publicity. Bullies and people who have been bullied have always been around. The different thing about today, however, is that the reach of the bullies has been extended due to modern technology, enabling them to utilize mobile phones and computer to harass people. In the following article we shall be taking a look at how parents can stop their children from being bullied.
The first thing you should do to help your kids is to talk to them about the subject of bullying, even if they are not currently experiencing it. This talk is definitely a good thing to do, despite the fact that it may cause them some apprehension while doing it. Unfortunately, there’s at least one bully in almost every setting, and often more than one, so it’s good to discuss ways your child can avoid them if possible. More than likely, your kids will be well aware of where bullying could take place. Encourage them to find alternative places to walk or play when possible, or tell them to stay close to adults who are supervising the area. Being aware of that they may be bullied is one thing, but kids should not be afraid of being bullied as this could be unhealthy overtime. There are instances where a parent does not want to admit that their own child may be the bully. You should always be vigil with your child and their disposition, making sure they do not show that negative side. You need to observe your child and how he or she relates to others, as well as animals. Most bullies will have a negative disposition and try to control the circumstances. If this attitude is evident in your kid, talk it over with them instead of being a bully yourself. If a bully is not helped with their outlook early, it may haunt them the rest of their lives.
Although kids usually experience bullying in some type of physical format, intimidation and other factors are also involved. On top of physical abuse, most bullies will also intimidate their victims using their words, threatening them in a variety of ways.
An example of this would be someone making fun of a child because they were overweight, or because they had a vision problem. Once you are aware that your child is experiencing this type of abuse, talk to someone at the school right away. Bullying can involve any number of tactics, and you should be alert to the many forms it can take.
Bullying is a serious issue and one that should never be ignored. A child who is bullied is likely to develop self esteem problems that can last a lifetime. Hopefully we have presented many ways for you to deal with bullying in a positive way. And finally, having open dialogue between you and your children ultimately will help you discern if they are having this problem or not.