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How To Handle A Bully
Bullying is something that can be very scary and traumatizing to a child. Some parents tend to discount it as something that all children go through, but that is not the case. There are several things you can do to help your child deal with a bully, and they are highlighted in the following article.
The first thing you need to understand is that bullying is a serious matter. Never ignore your child when they are complaining about being bullied. Even if you feel the tiff may be minor, talk to your child about it. Ask questions so you will understand the severity of the matter. It is important for your child to communicate with you, and they will not want to do that if they feel like this is not that important to you.
Try to understand the reason why your child is being bullied. There are some children that are bullies and it seems to be for no reason, but usually there is something to it. If you realize that your child is being bullied about weight, race or something else that is beyond their control, stress to them that people are different and this bully does not know how to respect that.
Recognize the signs that your child is being bullied. One sign that they may be having trouble is if they are suddenly withdrawn. It is not normal for children that are usually boisterous and friendly to become quiet and somber. If you notice this change in your child, talk to them to figure out what is going on. There are other signs of bullying to look out for such as avoidance of certain places they used to love and unusual fears popping up.
Let your child know that they should always ask for help if they are being bullied. If they are in school, tell them to talk to a teacher or other school official if they are having any problems. While this may make things a bit worse in some cases, it will make everyone aware that there is an issue. This will come in handy later if the situation starts to get out of hand.
If your child has reached out for help and received none, the next step would be for you to get involved. Go to your child's school and speak to the teacher yourself. You should talk to the principal if you feel like the teacher is not taking this seriously enough. Let them know that you are not trying to be a bother, but you want to make sure that your child is able to learn without anyone hindering that.
Bullying is something that happens to children all over the world. Even though it is common, this does not mean that it is acceptable. If you think that your child is being bullied, it is important for you to do your best to get to the bottom of the issue. You do not want things to escalate and turn out much bigger than it is now.
How would you handle a bully? What if your child is the bully?