The New York times reports that children who are bullied, even indirectly, show higher rates of anxiety, depression, behavioral changes, and other health effects.
Breaking the cycle of bulling starts by identifying the cause of the problem and finding allies to help your child in stopping the cycle of bulling.
Join with allies to help stop bullying in your child’s life
Many children are afraid or unwilling to speak to their teachers or parents about bullying.
While teachers are in responsible for our children in the classroom, teachers are not always aware of bullying that occurs in the bathroom, at recess, or on the way to and from school.
Parents and teachers are often unaware that their children and students are victims of bullying. Furthermore, in this study, bullies were asked how often parents and teachers spoke to them about their behavior – only about 33 percent of parents and 50 percent of teachers spoke to regular bullies about their bullying activities.
Open lines of communication to unite against bullying
As in the New York Times article, your child’s pediatrician and other development professionals can be allies in helping you keep tabs on what is going on in your child’s life.
Speak to your child’s hallway monitors, recess supervisors, principals, and bus drivers to get a fuller picture of what is happening when your child is out of your home.
Opening the lines of communication is the first step to creating a bullying free environment for your child.
Get help stopping the cycle of bullying at school and in your community. A therapist with experience in this area can help. Click here to find a therapist in your area.
Click here if you suspect your child is being bullied.