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Bullying Prevention in Preschool or Kindergarten

Most kids have experienced some form of childhood teasing. But, when teasing becomes hurtful, abrasive, and constant, it’s bullying. As parents, we don’t even want to imagine our children becoming the target of a bully, but unfortunately it happens—and it happens a lot more often than you think. Normal routines can be more easily disrupted than you think. When a Bully Disrupts Normal Routines

A bully can turn normal, everyday routines into a nightmare. Suddenly safe havens such as the playground, lunchroom or bus stop, become scary and frightening. If your child is being bullied, there are steps you can take to deal with the situation. Even if your child isn’t being bullied, discuss bullying with him so that he understands what to do if a bullying situation arises. Suggestions to help your child deal with preschool or kindergarten bullies:

  • Talk to the bully’s parents. The parents of the bully may not be aware of their child’s behavior. Let them know what’s going on so that they can correct the issue and consult with their child about any underlying problems.
  • Talk to school personnel. Make sure your child’s teacher is aware of what’s going on. Alerting the teacher will give her chance to monitor the situation and bring in the principal or other education administrators if necessary.
  • Put on a brave face. Even though your child is scared, it’s important not to overreact. It’s easier to pick on someone who is slouched in a corner than it is to pick on someone who is standing tall and seems sure of himself.
  • Avoid the bully. Sometimes avoiding a bully is the only way to get through the day. Tell your child to walk a different way to their locker, the bathroom, etc.

What to do if the Bullying Gets Worse

If the bullying continues to escalate, you may want to set up a meeting between your child’s teacher, the bully’s parents, and school administrators. Work together to solve the problem. A solution might involve changing classrooms, teachers, etc. Get help from the school psychologist, parent coach, or counselor if you feel your child needs someone to talk to.