It’s heartbreaking for parents when their child is being bullied at school. It can make the child not want to wake up in the morning. It can cause self-esteem issues. And if you try to interfere at school, you may end up making matters worse.
Fortunately, there are exercises you can do with your child at home that can stop bullying.
October is National Bullying Prevention Month. It’s a great time to stop your child from being bullied once and for all. Here are some ways you can work with your kid so they are less likely to be victimized.
6 Ways to Handle Bullying at School
Teach Your Child How to Respond
When a child responds to a bully, they shouldn’t be saying anything insulting or antagonistic. That will only encourage the bully to be meaner. Instead, they should use simple phrases like, “Leave me alone” or “Back off.”
Encourage Positive Body Language and Facial Expressions
A bully will be more likely to pick on a child that doesn’t seem confident. Encourage your child to show self-esteem by teaching them to stand up straight. If they are forced to communicate with the bully, tell them to look them in the eye so they appear more confident.
Self-confidence comes through in the way your child holds him or herself, but it can also be a natural part of their personality. Confidence comes when children engage in activities they excel at. Determine what your child will be good at and enroll them in a class and/or give them materials so they can pursue their passion at home. This will provide a positive outlet that takes their mind off bullies and boosts their self-esteem overall.
Role Play Bully Scenarios
Role playing will teach your child how to deal with bullies. Enact a scenario that might typically happen at school such as the bully teasing your child about the clothing he or she is wearing. Then come up with responses that will get the bully to back down. You should not only be teaching your child what to say, but also how to say it. Make sure they are confident in their delivery and maintain eye contact.
Some children don’t like to talk about bullies with their parents. They may be ashamed, and they may not want to let their parents know that anything is wrong. However, leaving emotions bottled up is unhealthy, and if the bully is being violent, it may even lead to a dangerous situation. If you think your child is being bullied or if they have a history of being bullied, check in with them every so often to find out what’s going on and encourage them to open up.
If your child tells you they stood up to a bully, let them know that you are proud of them. If you see another child stand up to a bully, point out their positive behavior to your kid. This will encourage them to keep up the good work.
Bullies are their own problem and they shouldn’t be your child’s. The tips in this article will help your child stand up to bullies so they don’t have to fear going to school each day. What do you think is the best way to deal with bullies?