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What to Do if Your Child is Being Bullied

The last thing a parent wants is for a child to be bullied. And rightfully so! There are many issues that may result from being bullied such as depression, low self-esteem, school absences, and even suicide. If your child is being bullied, know that it is not something for you or your child to ignore.

Addressing Bullying in Schools

Why particular kids get singled out for bullying is not exactly known. Bullies usually pick on those that they know they can exert power or strength over. If your child is being bullied, do not assume she has done something to cause it. Thinking that way will not help alleviate the problem.

Keep the following parenting tips in mind about bullying:

  • Be empathetic, take it seriously, and let your child know you will work to help bring it to an end. It takes a lot of courage for your child to admit that she is being bullied. She needs to know that you are on her side and will help protect her.
  • Speak and work with the school immediately to help address the issue if it is happening there. School officials usually have no tolerance policies for bullying.
  • If your child is being cyberbullied (online or via texting), contact the Internet provider or social media site being used and report the violation.
  • Keep your cool as you help your child find a solution. Parents can become quite emotional about bullying. While this is understandable, it can also make things worse. Calm heads are much more effective in finding a solution.
  • Teach your child how to protect herself by seeking the help of an adult, defending herself, and reporting the situation to those in charge.

Monitor Bullying in the School Closely

Unfortunately, it is not possible to protect our children every second of the day, especially once they are of school-age. But, if your child is being bullied, you can take action to help bring it to an end. With patience and consistency, the situation can be successfully resolved.