Have you ever been bullied in school? If you have, then you know how much impact it can have on a child’s fragile psych.
Unfortunately, many children are experiencing constant bulling in their surroundings.
Experts say the best way to find out if your child is being mistreated is to nourish an open relationship, so they will open themselves and talk to you when something’s wrong.
In meantime parents should pay attention of the warning signs.
Listen to your child carefully before taking action. Ask what happened, how many times it happened, what your child thinks about it and how bothered it is.
If the issue is serious, take it up with a teacher, counselor or principal,with other words – take it to a higher level problem.
Types Of Bullying
There are four types of bullying:
1.Verbal bullying is saying or writing mean things. Verbal bullying includes:
- Inappropriate sexual comments
- Threatening to cause harm
2. Social bullying, sometimes referred to as relational bullying, involves hurting someone’s reputation or relationships.
Social bullying includes:
- Leaving someone out on purpose
- Telling other children not to be friends with someone
- Spreading rumors about someone
- Embarrassing someone in public
3. Physical bullying involves hurting a person’s body or possessions.
Physical bullying includes:
- Taking or breaking someone’s things
- Making mean or rude hand gestures
- bullying children with disabilities
4. Cyber bullying
Cyber-bullying is bullying that takes place over digital devices like cell phones, computers, and tablets.
It can occur through SMS messages and apps, online in social media, forums where people can view, participate or share content.
Most often cyber-bullying includes sending, posting, or sharing negative, harmful, false, or mean content about someone else.
It can include sharing personal or private information about someone else causing embarrassment or humiliation, and sometimes, cyber-bullying crosses the line into unlawful or criminal behavior.
The most common places where cyberbullying occurs are:
- Social Media, such as Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and Twitter
- SMS (Short Message Service) also known as Text Message sent through devices
- Instant Message (via devices, email provider services, apps, and social media messaging features)
With the prevalence of social media and digital forums, comments, photos, posts, and content shared by individuals can often be viewed by strangers as well as acquaintances.
The content an individual shares online – both their personal content as well as any negative, mean, or hurtful content – creates a kind of permanent public record of their views, activities, and behavior.
This public record can be thought of as an online reputation, which may be accessible to schools, employers, colleges, clubs, and others who may be researching an individual now or in the future.
Cyber-bullying can harm the online reputations of everyone involved – not just the person being bullied, but those doing the bullying or participating in it.
Cyber-bullying has unique concerns in that it can be:
Persistent – Digital devices offer an ability to immediately and continuously communicate 24 hours a day, so it can be difficult for children experiencing cyber-bullying to find relief.
Permanent – Most information communicated electronically is permanent and public, if not reported and removed. A negative online reputation, including for those who bully, can impact college admissions, employment, and other areas of life.
Hard to Notice – Because teachers and parents may not overhear or see cyber-bullying taking place, it is harder to recognize.
If you want to protect your children from on line predators, this parental guide will be quite helpful.
You can learn about the laws and policies in each state, including if they cover cyber-bullying.
Common Signs Of Bullying
The traumatic effects of bullying on children are so big , they can experience:
1.Signs Of Depression
If your child has been bullied, you’ll probably notice changes in his behavior. If the child lose interest in foods, entertainment or hobbies it used to love, pay attention,because those are first signs of depression.
You should try to open a sincere conversation so your child can feel free and confident to tell you what is going on.
2.Manifestation Of Stress
The stress of a child that has been bullied can cause to feel physically sick.Stomach and head pains will become present all the time.
The symptoms are often real, not imaginary.
Kids who are being mistreated will sometimes fake illness in order to avoid situations where they might be bullied.
3.Lack Of Wish To Go To School
Kids with such problems at school usually try to avoid going to school in order to avoid the situations where they are mistreated.
Bullying can decrease their self-esteem, and it can also be a reason they are attacked in the first place.Once a child is targeted as a victim of bullying, they start to think that maybe it’s something that he/she is doing wrong and that is why other children are teasing.
How to Talk About Bullying
- Help kids to understand what is bullying.Talk about what bullying is and how to stand up to it safely. Tell kids bullying is unacceptable. Make sure kids know how to get help.
- Keep line of communication opened.Check in with kids often. Listen to them. Know their friends, ask about school, and understand their concerns.
- Encourage them to do what they have always loved to do.Special activities, interests, and hobbies can boost confidence, help kids make friends, and protect them from bullying behavior.
- Encourage kids to speak to a trusted adult if they are bullied or see others being bullied. The adult can give comfort, support, and advice, even if they can’t solve the problem directly. Encourage the child to report bullying if it happens.
- Talk about strategies for staying safe, such as staying near adults or groups of other kids.
Prevention At School
Bullying can threaten students physical and emotional safety at school and can negatively impact their ability to learn.
The best way to address bullying is to stop it before it starts. There are a number of things school staff can do to make schools safer and prevent bullying.
It is important for everyone in the community to work together to send a unified message against bullying. Launch an awareness campaign to make the objectives known to the school, parents, and community members.
Establish a school safety committee or task force to plan, implement, and evaluate your school’s bullying prevention program.
We all should organize and stand up against this, and raise the awareness of how to stop bullying our children!
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