In my previous blog Bullying on the Playground – Part 1, I discussed how bullying has existed since the beginning of time, but the escalation of it in our schools is becoming a growing concern. In addition, I addressed the emotional risks that ongoing bullying can have both on the bully as well as on the victim.
This week’s blog addresses the eagerly anticipated questions…So now what? And where do we go from here?
So how can parents help their children who are being bullied? And what can we as parents do to stop the cycle of violence?
You can help your children at any age by teaching them:
Most people can tolerate one episode of teasing or name calling or being shunned for something they are wearing. But when it goes on and on, bullying can put a person in a constant state of fear and begin a downward spiral of low self esteem, insecurity and vulnerability to a whole range of mental health problems.
And while the realization is frightening that bullying can begin as early as the toddler years, we as parents can find solace in the fact that when it is identified early and parents can be proactive at recognizing the signs of victimization and perpetration, much can be done to stop that cycle of violence before it ever really begins.
For more information on how to help your children if they are bullying or being bullied, please feel free to contact me.
Image used is Bully Free Zone by Eddie~S, used according to Creative Commons’ attribution license.
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