Mean kids and bullies are a problem that is not limited only to the middle and high school anymore. With increasing exposure to the media and real world scenarios, the problem has crept into the younger grades as well. Till a few years back the idea of a four-year old getting bullied by his preschool buddies seemed quite ridiculous. However, with the changing times, the kids too are becoming more insensitive and aggressive than ever before. So, today we bring to you a few tricks and ways of dealing with bullies at your kid’s school.
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Listening to what your child has to say
Many a times, we tend to miss out on the subtle hints that our child might be giving out, in an attempt to connect to with on an emotional level. It is therefore utmost essential to actually listen to what you child has to say, without reacting too strongly to it. Instead of blaming your child for being the victim of bullying, you must try and analyze the actual cause for it. The idea is to stay connected with your child and ensure that he receives ample comfort and support at least within the family. Try not to get too agitated in front of your child as it might scare him away and provoke him to retrieve into his shell.
Train your child on how to react
More often than not, the bullies tend to pick on children that either respond to their teasing by getting upset, or are too weak to retaliate for the former’s questionable behavior. It is therefore imperative to teach and coach your children as to how they need to refrain from responding to what bullies say to them. Also, your kid needs to develop the mental strength of standing up against people who intend on victimizing him. In addition to this, you should also make your kid aware of the people in school whom he can approach in case he feels unsafe.
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Approach a school teacher or administrator
Whatever the case might be, technically it is the school’s responsibility for any act of bullying that occurs within the premises. It is therefore advisable to speak with a teacher or administrator in your kid’s school and discuss the matter comprehensively. This ensures that your child is under constant supervision and has a safe place to go to when he finds himself in a soup.
In case the bullying or intimidation stays persistent even after your sincere efforts to keep your child safe from it, you should immediately contact the offender’s parents and resolve the matter altogether.