What can we do as a parent to help our children cope with bullying?
These days Bullying is a subject that is affecting children and adolescents in schools or in communities and us as parents are not prepared to guide our children in the right way. Therefore, the important thing in this note is to teach them the mechanisms to face them, and thus avoid fights or problems.
The following techniques can help you:
- Explore what is happening
- Why does bullying occur? Where does it normally occur? and How has the child reacted?
- Teach your child that ignoring the jokes of others can make it go away.
- Explain to your child that when children realize that their jokes have an effect, provoking anger or embarrassment, they realize it and that makes them stronger.
- Teach them to respond quickly
In some cases, a quick and ingenious response disarms the bully. However, you should make it clear to your child that it is not about responding with another mockery or violence, but in a way that confuses the other person and makes him see that his joke has not taken effect.
- Show your most sympathetic side
We sometimes do not react in the most effective way when our children tell us that someone is making fun of them. Some, instead of supporting them and showing empathy, they are labeled as “cowards” or “weepers”. However, the best strategy is to transmit love and be understanding. For example, you can tell him that time they made fun of you as well and explain how you felt.
- Encourage positive friendships
To prevent bullying from affecting your self-esteem, encourage positive friendships with your child. Allow him to spend time with his friends and have fun. When children have a circle of friends, they usually feel more secure and the other children will think twice before messing with them.
By Reading Behavioral Health Center, Inc