No parent ever wants their child to be bullied or treated badly by their peers at school. But for many children, being bullied is something that they will be exposed to at one point or another in their lives.
In recent years, there have been many steps taken by schools and communities to help minimize bullying and help those who are victims of bullying. However, bullying still takes place. So if you have a child who’s currently being bullied, or you just want to know what you should do if this type of thing happens in the future, here are three ways you can help your child who’s being bullied at school.
Show Your Child Unconditional Love
Because children who are bullied at school often view being at school as a very stressful experience, it’s important that you do everything you can to help your child feel comfortable at home.
According to Katie Hurley, a contributor to PBS.org, giving your child unconditional love and support at home is one of the best things you can do for them. This can sometimes counterbalance what’s taking place at school and help your child have a place where they can feel safe and loved.
Additionally, when speaking with your child about being bullied, recognize that this is usually something that makes many children feel shame, so try to avoid asking them if they did anything to bring this on themselves.
Talk To The Right People
When someone is mistreating your child, it might be your initial reaction to pounce on that child or the parents of that child. However, this usually isn’t the best tactic to take.
Rather, Dr. D’Arcy Lyness, a contributor to KidsHealth.org, recommends that you find out who the right people to speak to are. In many cases, this will include your child’s teacher or other school administrators. They will be able to give your child guidance and protection at school.
If you feel that laws have been broken or are worried about your child’s health and safety, you may also want to contact a lawyer who can help ensure that your child’s rights are being protected and justice is being upheld.
Help Your Child Learn Productive Ways To React And Cope
If your child is being bullied, ideally, the bullying would just stop all on its own. But until that happens, it can be helpful for you to help your child learn productive ways to react and cope with the situation they’re in.
According to Parents.com, this can include finding self worth from other sources, trying to disarm the situation with humor, telling the bully how their actions are hurtful, and more.
To help your child who’s being bullied at school, consider using the tips mentioned above to give the best support that you can.