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Helping Your Children Confront Their Bullies

21st Aug 2017

The National Health Service reported in 2009 that nearly 50% of all children and teenagers of school-going age have fallen victim to bullying. Studies also show that up to 10% of bullied youngsters have tried to commit suicide and 30% have attempted self-harm. Although bullying takes place at school mostly, it is sadly not limited to educational institutions, especially with cyber-bullying cases increasing at a rapid rate. Bullying has the debilitating potential to render even the most confident and jovial child defenseless and weak.

Parents often feel helpless as they are forced to witness a once ordinary activity, such as waiting for the bus or going for recess at school, turn into a traumatizing experience for their children. A parent’s natural instinct is often to confront the bully themselves and while the protective nature behind this instinct is admirable, it can often cause more harm than good. The best way we as parents can assist our bullied children is to teach them the necessary skills to handle the situation by themselves as much as what is safely possible.

How to help your child deal with bullies

  • Listen to your child. If your child tells you he/she is being bullied listen calmly and offer a lot of comfort and support. Make sure to tell your child it is not their fault that he/she is being bullied. This is very important as children often feel like they did something wrong to warrant the bullying.
  • Praise your child for telling you about the situation at hand. Tell them that they did the right thing by confiding in you and that you are proud of them for doing so.
  • If the bullying is taking place at a school let someone in an authority position know about the situation. They will be able to assist you by monitoring the situation and involving the parents of the other parties if needed.
  • Explain to your child why people become bullies. It will assist them greatly throughout their lives if they are able to understand that sadness and fear often presents itself as anger. Also explain to them that it is never acceptable to bully someone else simply because you have been bullied.

By law, all public schools in the UK must have behavioral policies in place that include the necessary measures to prevent all forms of bullying amongst pupils. If your child is being bullied outside of school or if you suspect that cyber-bullying is taking place you can seek assistance from your local authority. Bullying is never okay and parents need to do everything in their power to protect our children from the onslaught of others.

Written by Jackie Edwards – Independent Writer

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