The prevalence of bullying is hard to ignore. Research indicates between twenty-five and thirty-three percent of children ages twelve to eighteen have experienced some form of bullying. Bullying should never be dismissed as simply ‘kids being kids,’ as it can have significant long-term consequences for victims, leading to loneliness, low self-esteem, depression, and anxiety. Children who are bullied often suffer academically and socially due to the stress caused by bullying. Bullied children may try to avoid the activities where the bullying occurs, leading to decreased school and social participation. If your child is a victim of bullying, there are several steps you can take as a parent to work through the situation with them. Let’s review these steps now!
Learn About The Situation
If you suspect your child is being bullied, first do what you can to understand the situation. Bullying typically happens when adults are not around, or when witnesses who are likely to speak up are not present. Many bullied children may be hesitant to speak up out of fear or embarrassment. It is important to get as many facts as possible, so encourage open and honest communication with your child. Try to learn about the situation from as many sources as possible, including your child, friends, or other trusted adults. Do not rush to judgment until you have had time to learn about the situation.
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