Bullying is so common these days, but that doesn’t make it any more acceptable. As time goes by the importance of raising bullying awareness in your home becomes increasingly more important, especially as your children get older and start going to school. Beginning to improve bullying awareness in your home needs to start as soon as possible, make sure there is always an open forum in regards to bullying and issues that need to be discussed.
Educating yourself and your family in regards to what bullying is and when and where it can occur is the first step towards preventing your child from becoming a victim, and letting your child know what is ok and what crosses a line before they even encounter it.
If your child is more aware of what is considered acceptable behaviour and what is not, they are more likely to determine when they need guidance and help and not hesitate to come to you or go to another adult they trust without feeling ashamed.
Bullying Doesn’t Just Take Place at School
With the internet and all the social networking sites available these days it’s not surprising that bullying takes place in far more places than just your average school yard.
Although school bullying is still prominent, it is no longer the sole place that bullying can stem from. In fact, with the amount of places that bullying can occur and the abundance of different outlets that allow kids to contact others publicly it has only become easier for Bullies to affect others outside of school.
Cyber bullying has become quite an issue these days, it can occur through E-mails, Social Networking Sites, Chartrooms and more. Cyber bullying can reach more people, with incriminating photographs or other documentation that was supposed to private at a quicker speed.
Everyone in your family needs to be aware that any behaviour or actions towards them online that make them feel uncomfortable or that they feel crosses a line should be addressed immediately and measures should be taken to eliminate any possibility of the situation progressing passed that point.
Bullying Doesn’t Have to be Physical
Bullying can be very obvious when your child comes home with visible bumps and bruises, but just because your child seems unscathed to the naked eye does not mean that they aren’t being bullied. You and your family need to know that emotional bullying can be just as bad as being bullied physically, sometimes worse. If your child is being singled out, left out or having rumors spread about them, this is bullying and they need to be aware that seeking assistance in dealing with the situation immediately before it progresses is very important.
How to Know Your Child is Being Bullied
Children can be cruel, so it shouldn’t come as any surprise how common it is among kids in the school yard. Bullying may be common but that doesn’t lessen the concern we have as parents when it comes to what happens to our children at school. No one wants their child to be the bully but it’s certain that you wouldn’t want your child to be the victim of bullying either.
A lot of children that are bullied won’t come right out and say it due to the amount of shame they feel for being the ones put into this position. So, what are the things to watch for to discover if your child is the victim of School bullying? Use your judgement, you know your child best.
What to Watch For
Intense Changes in Mood – Has your child come home from school more irritable than usual lately? Is your child seemingly hiding from something? More quiet than usual? These could all be warning signs that something’s up. It’s very common for your child to detach from their usual mannerisms and withdraw into a world of their own when there is something going on that they want to avoid
Sudden Strong Dislike Of School – If your child has usually been one to enjoy school, or at least not complain about having to attend classes and all of a sudden starts trying every excuse to get out of having to attend, there is likely something going on. Complaining of stomach aches, headaches and other such conditions frequently could be your child trying to refrain from having to attend school. If your child is coming home frequently in the middle of the day complaining of certain ailments, there may also be a problem.
Sleep Issues and Disturbances – Frequent nightmares and trouble sleeping may also be indications that something undesirable is taking place at school, especially if your child was a good sleeper in the past.
There are several warning signs when it comes to school bullying, spotting them is the first step towards intervention and improvement in your child’s school life. If you suspect your child is being bullied please encourage them to seek guidance from you or someone they feel comfortable confiding in. Once the issues at hand have been discussed you can then evaluate further action that may need to be taken in order to positively change your child’s life at school.
Researching and educating your family on the different aspects and types of bullying, whether it be school bullying, cyber bullying, emotional bullying or any other type of bullying is extremely important. Bullying awareness is important for your family and your children as a whole. Let’s put an end to bullying of all kinds.