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Bullying continues to be a serious problem in the USA, affecting more than 20% of children between the ages of 5 and 18. Bullying can affect a child in numerous ways. While some children are fortunate enough to bare no long-term physical and emotional scars as a result of being bullied, not everyone is as fortunate. Some children who are bullied obtain serious injuries and are at risk for extreme mental anguish. As parents, we are in the perfect position to offer our children the heartfelt support they will need when falling victim to a bully. Apart from reassuring children that they are not to blame for the bullying, it is also important to show that we care, while working alongside their school to eliminate the problem.
Reiterate that bullying is not OK
It is important to reiterate to your child that bullying is never acceptable and that they didn’t do anything to deserve falling victim to a bully. It may also be a good idea to try and help them understand why some children become bullies. Explain to your child that bullies are often copying other people’s behavior, and they may not realize that they are hurting someone else. It is also important to teach your children to differentiate between having a normal argument with someone and being bullied. Even if you think that your child may be overreacting, however, never just ignore what they are telling you: more often than not, there is at least some truth to what they are saying.
Show that you care
When a child is being bullied, a caring parent can make a world of difference. Always make it clear to your son or daughter that they are loved unconditionally and that you will do everything in your power to help them. Try to steer clear from negative comments that may incite violent retaliation. Instead, praise your child for coming to you with their concerns, and encourage them to try assist you in finding a solution to the problem. Sometimes, despite their best efforts to assist their children, parents may find it necessary to initiate a bullying lawsuit to hold the school district and the parents of bullies liable for the damage inflicted on their child. If this unfortunate situation does arise, it is important to seek out assertive yet compassionate legal aid that will always act in the best interest of the child.
Work alongside the school to eradicate bullying
If your child is being bullied, it is essential to inform their school as quickly as possible. Every school district typically has a written policy in place that states how issues involving bullying will be handled. Your child’s school will help you to assess the situation, and will deal with the guilty parties accordingly. If you do not feel comfortable going directly to the principal, arrange to meet with your child’s class teacher first. Class teachers are often in the best position to assist anyway, as they deal directly with the children and may be able to offer valuable insight into the matter.
Bullying is a serious problem and should never be ignored. By being proactive and compassionate, parents can help their children to deal with bullying in a positive, productive manner.