A Parent's Guide for How to Deal With Bullies
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It can be physical (pushing, punching, or hitting), verbal (name-calling or threats), or psychological and emotional (spreading rumors or excluding someone from a conversation or activity).
And with the pervasive use of social media, inappropriate behavior between kids can occur outside of school hours via emails, text messages, and Instagram posts (cyberbullying).
If your child is being bullied, it's important that you help them understand that it is never their fault. Bullying is always more about the person who is engaging in the behavior and not the person being targeted.
It's not up to a child to prevent their own bullying, but it can be helpful to have a plan in place for how to address it and potentially help stop it from escalating.
Practice phrases your child can use to tell someone to stop bullying behavior.
The key is that a comeback shouldn't be a put-down because that aggravates a bully.
Role-playing is a terrific way to build confidence and empower your child to deal with challenges.
You can role-play the bully while your child practices different responses until they feel confident handling troublesome situations. As you role-play, teach your child to speak in a strong, firm voice.
By age 3, your child is ready to learn tricks that may help them feel more empowered in difficult situations, including when being faced with bullying behavior.
Tell your child to practice looking at the color of their friends' eyes and to do the same thing when they are talking to a child who's bothering them. This will force them to hold their head up so they will appear more confident.
Confidence can help your child feel more empowered in a challenging situation.
Check in with your kids daily about how things are going at school. Use a calm, friendly tone and create a nurturing climate so they aren't afraid to tell you if something's wrong. Emphasize that their safety and well-being are important and that they should always talk to an adult about any problems, even problems that they think are "small" ones.
The better your child feels about themselves, the less likely the bullying will affect their self-esteem.
Children must understand that bullies have a need for power and control over others and a desire to hurt people.
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The first step to dealing with bullies is knowing how to recognize when your child is being bullied.
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