As he gets older, your child’s social circle expands to include friends from school, after-school care, sports, and clubs.
The best defence against bullying is to stay involved in your child’s activities and encourage him to talk to you about his day – the good, the bad, and the ugly. Listen carefully.
You can help prevent bullying in your child’s life.
- Teach your child that she deserves to feel safe wherever she goes. If anyone makes her feel unsafe, she should tell you. You can help her feel safe again.
- Recognize that all children can be seduced by playground power. It is as possible your child may bully others as it is that he is a victim. Watch for signs of both fear and/or aggression in your child.
- If your child does mention an incident where she has been involved in or a target of name-calling, taunting, aggression, or physical violence, take a deep breath. Investigate the situation with your child, your child’s teacher, principal, coach, and/or other parents. A calm, rational approach to solving the problem is the best way to help your child.
- Take your child’s concerns about bullying seriously. Long-term bullying can cause serious mental and social development problems for a child.