Study conducted among public schools state that bullying among children happen on a weekly and even on a daily basis. The report also add that 1 out of every 5 children are bullied in a year. The great news to parents, who are worried about the safety of their kid, is that many schools and communities are coming forward to take a strong stand against this act.
What can you do as a parent?
You can bully-proof your kid right by starting the exercise at your home itself. Here are some tips you can follow to help your child from being target of bullying, either in the school or in the society:
Talk about it: You can just sit as a family and can talk to your child about bullying. When the other family members share their view point in this regard, it will be a boost to the confidence level of little child. When one of your kids is coming forward to share the bullying experience he/she had in school, you can praise him/her for being brave enough to share the experience. Here, you should promise your child with unconditional support, so that he/she will stay confident to fight against bullying. You can also take to the school authorities and teachers on how to effectively address the issue.
Removing bait can help: If the bullying is experienced by your child at school due to the same type of lunch every day or some other things that can be changed, you can just work towards removing bait, in such a way that you can protect your child from getting bullied.
Buddy up for safety: Generally, as against children, who are in group, children standing separately are bullied. So, you can just suggest your kid to spend more time with friends as against moving around all alone in school to protect himself/herself from getting bullied.
Keep calm and carry on: Generally, kids lose temper easily as against adults. So, tell your child that whenever he/she is harassed in the school or other areas, calmness should be maintained. Also, ask your child to carry on with other works in such a way that the group or individual harassing him/her will go away without further bullying. On the other hand, if he begins to react for each and every word talked about him, it will provide wider opportunity for the people harassing to continue their bullying for enjoying the anger of your kid.
Do not fight the battle yourself: Unless there is a dire need, it is better not to deal the matter by yourself. Even though, you might feel that visiting the parents of the child, who is bullying your kid, it is better not to do so. You can just give the above-mentioned guidelines to your kid to stay protected against bullying. Rather than talking to the parent of the bullying child, you can just talk to the school counselor separately about this issue faced by your child and can seek the help of the counselor in this regard.