No good parent wants their children to be bullied. It is a horrible experience that can often affect self-esteem and confidence – it may also cause mental health issues, such as anxiety and depression, which can carry on much later into life.
Bullying is not some light hearted “kids will be kids”, and can have some serious consequences for the victim which influence their life now and moving forward.
This piece is going to take a look at how parents can help their children who are being bullied, and what steps they can take to try and get these issues resolved.
- Be Aware and Listen to Your Child
If your child, who is usually bubbly and outgoing, all of a sudden seems to have lost their sparkle, there could be an issue that you do not know about. One of these could be a school issue, which is where a lot of bullying takes place. Speaking to your child and listening to any problems they are having could be the difference between your kid getting help or having to suffer in silence.
One of the worst things a parent can do is to brush off bullying that their children report to them. Described, it might not seem like a lot to you or could sound like petty little issues. However, the little things usually feel like the big things to children, and because of this, it is important you also respond like it is a big thing for you too.
In worse circumstances, you might find that children are being violent or actively unkind to your child, which will need immediate intervention.
- Talk to The School
The first thing to do if your child has confided in you to being bullied, is to report it to the school. The school needs to be proactive in making sure this situation gets resolved quickly, and parent intervention should help this move along.
If you feel like not enough is being done, you should be able to make a complaint and escalate if necessary. Do not be afraid to do this as your child’s mental health and well-being is extremely important, and they are not always able to be an advocate for themselves.
- See a Professional
If your child is experiencing ill effects from being bullied, putting some support in place for them as soon as possible needs to be high on the priority list. Not only do you want to mitigate any damage that has already been done, but providing your child with professional support can help them when moving forward – whether that is giving them the tools to protect themselves from further bullying, or to help them discuss how they are feeling now.
Take a look at Little Otter child psychologists for more information on how a professional can help.
Bullying is something that should always be taken seriously, and while you cannot stop another child from being a bully, you can give your children the tools to deal with them.