Child Bullying At School: 9 Steps You Can Take As a Parent

Child Bullying At School: 9 Steps You Can Take As a Parent

Now that the new school year has been underway for a few months and everyone has settled into a routine, let’s zoom in on a problem that every school has to deal with: bullying. Unfortunately, bullying is a daily occurrence, and many children have to deal with it at an early age. Is your child being bullied at school? Then it is essential to address the issue wisely and, most importantly, not act hastily. Here are some tips to help you deal with it successfully as a parent.

1) Talk to Your Child

In this case, “talk” means, above all, “reassure”. If your child feels that you understand him or her, he or she will be more receptive to help and more open to solutions. Don’t tease them; take this seriously.

2) Gather Evidence

Parents are often helpless in the face of what happens at school. Ask your child to document the bullying properly (take notes, keep a journal, send emails, take screenshots of emails, etc.). This will help them understand the seriousness of the situation.

3) Teach the Child to Respond Appropriately to Bullying Behavior

This means not reacting to the bully or saying mean things to the bully. Instead, it is more about your child respecting himself/herself and always being firm. Example: your child is being made fun of because of his/her name. Your child looks at the bully and replies, “Yes, you have a question about that.” The bully does not expect this answer and does not know how to respond. If the child stands firm and walks away, it is a sign of confidence, and the bully may think twice before saying anything in the future.

4) Confidence

Teach your child to believe in himself again. Make a list with them of things they like to do and are good at. Ask family members such as brothers, sisters, grandparents, etc. Above all, limit yourself to those traits that show you what his or her personality is like.

5) Talk to the Teacher

It sounds simple, but talking to a teacher has proven to be a challenging step for many parents. However, it shouldn’t be like that. Teachers deal with bullied children daily and may have solutions in place. After all, schools must prevent bullying!

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6) Bullying Does Not Solve Anything

It only escalates the situation. Be sure to explain to your child that it is crucial not to react with violence or repeat the bullying.

7) Teach Your Child to Ask For Help

You cannot be present as a parent or guardian when your child is at school. Therefore, your child needs to know that he or she can turn to others, such as a teacher, tutor, or even a friend. Ask your child who he or she feels comfortable with and involve them.

8) Role Play

At home, try to envision a situation in which bullying may occur. Through role-play, you can learn how your child will react to bullying. Map out these behaviors and, if necessary, try to steer them as far as possible toward nonviolent solutions.

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9) Doing Nothing in Response to Bullying Is Not an Option

Fearing the consequences, the child may not want the teacher to know. Listen to the child’s concerns. What do you think would happen if the teacher found out? Take these concerns seriously and point them out. But make it clear to the child that the bullying must stop and that it will not happen without involving the teacher. Help your child set up discussion points and write them down on paper.

Do you have any other tips? Share it with us in the comments below!