Many kids deal with bullying at school. As a parent, you strive to protect your child when you can see that they are suffering. How can you help when your child is struggling with bullies?
Bullying at school seems to be an issue that is becoming quite common for many children. As parents, our hearts ache for our children when we learn that they are being bullied at school. The truth of the matter is, bullying is widespread. It doesn’t matter the school setting, the location, the age or the class — all children can be affected by bullying. It’s heartbreaking, isn’t it? It’s an issue that needs to stop. If you find that there are bullying issues at your child’s school, it’s time to take action. Don’t stand by silently, as that will only feed the problem. Take a stand. Be a part of the solution by trying a few of these suggested ways to help tackle bullying issues at school.
Communication is key.
To truly understand what is going on with the bullying at your child’s school, you have to ask those hard questions. Keep in mind that it may be difficult for your child to talk about, but explain to them the importance of understanding the situation so you can help the best and most effective way possible. Ask the questions, find out the answers, and do what you can to be a part of the solution.
Teach your child to watch out for bullying.
Maybe your child isn’t being bullied at school, but it is still important for them to be aware of those that may be. Start by giving examples to your child about what bullying is, and the different varying forms that bullying can actually present itself. Many times, children may associate bullying to be something physical, or maybe even mental, but they need to understand that bullying can encompass a ton of different areas.
Talk about the different ways bullying at school can happen.
What better way to help prepare your child than to talk through possible situations that may arise? In order to better understand and also stand up for themselves and others during times of bullying, it’s not only important to teach them what to watch out for, but they also should be educated on how situations could play out when reporting bullying. Many times children know what to look for, but don’t know what steps to take after they see bullying occur. Give them the knowledge to understand what to do, how to do it, and be confident during that time!
Schedule a meeting with the school’s administration.
Sometimes, bullying isn’t something that should be handled on your own. If a bullying situation has been an issue for a while and the steps you and your child are taking don’t help, it’s time to involve the administration of the school. Start by scheduling a meeting with the principal to talk about the bullying issue at hand. If you don’t communicate the issue, how do you know that they are even aware that there is a problem? Bullying isn’t a time to “wait and see” how things turn out. If you have the ability to help your child or another child at their school deal with bullying issues, do it. Make the contact with those who can help change things, and get the ball rolling on creating a bully-free zone.
Ensure that teachers, faculty, and staff are all properly trained on how to deal with bullying issues at school and in their classrooms.
While many of them may know how to deal with issues, there are always ways to improve and continue to learn. Plus, refreshers over information are always a positive! If you can help, spend your time researching courses or possible speakers that can come to your school to help talk to the teachers about signs to look out for. There is a ton of great information out there that is easily accessible for all to use and learn.
There is no time to delay when it comes to tackling bullying issues. Listen to your child, and their concerns and take immediate action to help start to rectify the situation. By implementing a few of the suggestions above, you will be on your way to helping with any issues involving bullying that may be active. Educate yourself even further on ways that you can help, and be a role model for others to follow!