Bullying is a repetitive act of intentionally insulting and / or hurting people emotionally and physically. This may include physical aggression such as hitting, kicking, slapping or verbal abuse involving threats, using blackmail to intimidate people or making comments that damage a person’s self-confidence.
Every child is a victim of harassment. But there are ways we can prevent it. There are some things that parents can do to help their children bully and improve.
Help your child build confidence and self-esteem
Those who may have witnessed or experienced bullying know that bullying affects people who they think are weak or unprepared to stand up to, which is why boosting your child’s confidence is the key to helping them fight bullying.
Encourage your child to take part in various activities, make them feel confident about themselves, boost their morale by praising what they do well and let them know that you are always behind them.
Become an involved guardian
When it comes to children, parents must show genuine interest in their lives. Kids may not be vocal when they feel neglected, but they must stay away from you if they feel neglected. It can be difficult for them to trust you, which can complicate matters, especially if they are harassed. Since they choose to keep privacy from you, their harassment can take advantage and improve, while your child suffers in silence.
Educate them about harassment
To prevent bullying, your child must first understand what it is. Teach them what bullying means, what constitutes it, why it is dangerous and how it can affect them in the long run. Help them understand why bullying or harassment is not okay. Tell them if they are being harassed, it is not their fault and encourage them to stand up against it. Also, educate them about cyber bullying, which has become so prevalent in recent times.
Encourage them to share, create a safe place
Most importantly, it is important for parents to create a safe, positive space for their children to share their deepest dark secrets. Unless they feel comfortable talking to you, they trust you, it’s impossible for them to open their mouths to you. That said, always ask them to have a strong opinion, to put their points in front of them and not to go near bullies.
Signs that your child is being harassed
To find out if your child is a victim of harassment, here are some signs and symptoms to look out for.
Mental and behavioral symptoms may include:
– Extreme mood changes
– Stay isolated
– Changes in sleep and eating habits
– Sibling quarrels have increased
– Aggressive behavior
– Getting bad grades in school
Physical symptoms may include:
– Unexplained bruises, cuts and scratches on the body
– Return home with lost or damaged items
– Frequent headaches or stomach aches