The rate at which bullies are growing amongst the children these days is alarming, and one cannot be certain if our children are victims, only if they choose to let you in as a parent. Although, there are behavioral changes that can give the fact out, how easy will it be for you as a parent to take note of these signs?
While we might be praying for our children not to fall a victim of a bully, it is also advisable to prepare the kids against such act as it can be demoralizing to the child and even you as a parent. Therefore, here are some few tips on how to bully-proof your kids;
Prepare them mentally: Ordinarily, being bullied is a bad enough experience for the victim already, but it can never be worse as not being mentally prepared. In this case, being mentally prepared means discussing strategies that your child can adapt to stay safe, building their self-esteem enough to stand up against the bully because mostly the perpetrator act on the weak. Though you might be tempted to take an emotional step, but the repercussions should be considered, remember it is your kid in the school and not you, so once you leave it might just get worse. Therefore, the best thing to do is to equip them with enough information on how to survive and take their stands.
Alert their class teacher: Rather than confronting the student that is reportedly bullying your child, a step of informing the teacher might be a better option at an earlier stage. With this, the teacher gets hold of the situation and looks out for your child around the schooling environment. This is a good option because, in the school environment, the teacher is closer to your child than you can be, and the necessary steps will be taken by the teacher to avoid such an act.
Make them understand that they can talk to you about it: The best thing about having someone is being able to talk to the person. That’s why therapy is still something the world can’t do away with. But this is not about therapy, this is about making your child realize they can talk to you no matter the circumstances, and the act of bully is just one of the many.