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How Do You Act As A Parent If Your Child Is A Victim Of Bullying?

If not addressed in time, bullying can lead to terrible tragedy!

Is your child being physically, verbally or psychologically tormented at school or in the neighborhood? Bullying is defined as an act of breaking someone’s morale by inflicting bodily harm or intimidation, threats or ridicule. Bullying is not only done offline, it is also done through abusive language using social media platforms. If your child is a victim of bullying, consider this very seriously. Don’t take bullying lightly. If not stopped in time, bullying can escalate into harassment and torture. To ensure your child’s mental and physical safety, it is advisable to take immediate action against bullying.

Keep An Eye On These Signs To See If Your Child Is Being Bullied:

Physically weaker children are more likely to be victims of bullying. If your child is calm in nature or mentally weak, he or she will be attacked as an ‘easy target’ by older or physically stronger children. The abused child often has no signs of injury.  Therefore, parents need to thoroughly explore the emotional side of their child. If you suddenly see that your child does not want to go to school, is very scared or cries while going to school, be careful. Keep track of whether your child is eating properly, sleeping, or playing sports. If you notice that your child is being bullied but is afraid to talk, consult a child psychiatrist without delay. Report the whole matter to the school authorities as soon as possible.

Offer Support To Your Child:

Children affected by bullying usually suffer from depression. They blame themselves for this entire incident. They are afraid to report the abuse to the adults at home or to the school teachers because of their inferiority complex. In such a situation, it is very important for you to be by the side of your child as a parent. Try to understand the complete scenario from your child’s point of view. Make sure your kid doesn’t feel embarrassed by your behavior. With parental companionship and empathy, a child who has been bullied can cope with the whole situation.

Reassure Your Child:

Being bullied is not a sign of weakness. The bully is the problem here, the one who is being bullied, has no responsibility or fault. There is no merit in hurting others. Your child is doing the right thing by not following the same path, which is a sign of a sensible and wise person. Appreciate the kid’s restraint and maturity.

Involve Adults By Analyzing The Importance Of The Overall Situation:

If you realize that bullying is likely to cause significant physical and emotional harm to your child, try to talk to the bully’s parents.  Never view bullying as ‘bonding’ or ‘fun’ among friends. To assess the psychological complications of bullying, it is advisable to contact a teacher or counselor. It is best if the school official or a counselor can mediate the whole discussion when you talk to the parents of the bully.

Debapriya Chakraborty

Author is an aspiring creative writer, food-buff and bookworm. Loves to travel, bunks in lesser known bnbs and loves her chai more than anything else. She adds her two cents to every idea and has been a scriber for more than a decade now!
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