Kids that bully others are in pain themselves. They use aggressive behavior to cover up their shortcomings. And their future isn’t bright. One in four children who bully have a criminal record before they’re 30.
To help put an end to bullying, here are some things parents can do:
Watch for symptoms that your child is being bullied. These include withdrawal, a drop in grades, torn clothes, and needing extra money or supplies.
Listen to your child. Encourage her to talk about school and other kids. Ask about the walk or ride to and from school.
Show your child how to protect himself. Practice walking with confidence. Role-play how to stand up for yourself verbally.
If your child complains about another child, dig deeper. Children are often embarrassed or afraid to say they’re being bullied. When probed, a seemingly minor complaint might reveal a more severe problem.
If your child is being bullied, tell the school. Teachers can take steps to ensure your child’s safety.
Get together with other parents. Ensure that children in your neighborhood are supervised going to and from school and during after-school time.
Don’t be a bully yourself. Don’t yell, tease, or hit children.
Teach your child the social skills she needs to make friends.
Praise your child when he’s kind toward others.
If your child is a bully, get help. Talk to a teacher, counselor, or child psychologist. Your child might be acting out feelings of insecurity, anger, or loneliness.
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