5 Tips to Help Kids Deal with Bullying
There’s no avoiding the fact that bullies are present in just about every school in the world. Children entering into a social setting with their peers are going to need to learn how to interact. And while most kids are bound to use polite and friendly behavior as a way to make friends and earn status, there are always a few who are going to push others around and employ tactics like intimidation and fear to make themselves feel superior or simply to get their way. Sadly, the majority of bullies learn such behavior at home, from siblings or parents, or from other kids at school bullying them. But if their pushy antics go unchecked, they could easily drift into dangerous territory (taunting becomes physical harassment and soon someone gets hurt). So if your child is the victim of bullying, there are a few steps you’ll want to take to put a stop this inappropriate behavior.
1. Call the bully’s parents. There’s no better way to stop a bully than to get the parents involved. Many have no idea that their child is harassing others and they will quickly address the situation to avoid disciplinary action at school. On the off chance that the parents don’t believe you, or have no interest in finding a resolution, you will have to rely on the school to get the job done instead.
2. Talk to the school. Most institutions of learning have rules pertaining to bullying (and consequences for those who act out in this manner). Discuss possible solutions to the problem with your child’s teacher or the principle. They will likely be happy to get involved and do everything in their power to ensure that your child is able to continue their education unimpeded.
3. Arrange mediation. The best way to work out any problem is to get to the root of it and try to reach a level of understanding and mutual respect. By getting the kids together with a professional in such matters, you may be able to find a way for them to get along. Encourage your child to be open-minded and give the bully a second chance. After all, they likely have their own issues that are causing them to act out maliciously towards others.
4. Form a support network. If you find that you have a hard time cutting through the red tape at school or getting the bully’s parents to pitch in, talk to other parents at the school about setting up a support network of children. There are probably many kids who suffer at the hands of bullies, so create a group that will allow kids who are being harassed to have buddies around them at all times. Most bullies are perfectly willing to push around a single child, but they’re not too keen to take on a group.
5. Enroll in martial arts. If your child’s safety is at stake, enroll the whole family in a beginning martial arts class (such as Aikido) that will teach them how to protect themselves or escape a dangerous situation without hurting others. Not only will they learn the skills needed for self-defense, they will also develop the confidence to stand up to bullying.
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