Today, we discuss the ways you can help bring the matter to a rest through some of the simplest ways there are. Often times, when children play outside in playgrounds, they are bound to face the ever-so-common bullying norm that has been seen for years in society. There is a point in every child's life where he/she comes across a sense of villainage to other children and is persistently subdued and denied an overall expression of feelings and activities. This is as common in schools as it is in other areas where children are together in one setting.
Bullying, however, needs to be controlled. No child wants to be involved in a situation that forces them to be subdued and under constant peer pressure. Children thrive in an environment where they are given the freedom to express themselves and do what pleases them – bullying restricts them from doing so.
So today, we highlight the aspects and ways you can help your child, should he/she be ever in a bullying situation. Here's what we suggest you should do when you child encounters a bullying situation:
Analyse the situation
Before you step in to any act of bullying, it is important to identify and analyse when to offer your services to your child. Knowing and keeping an eye on your child's whereabouts and group of friends can help you better identify the problem and you'll know when exactly to intervene. It is equally important that you monitor and talk to your child if you suspect, he/she could be a victim to bullying. Visiting the local neighbourhood park or playground with your child can also help you identify the bully as you'd see the act happen in front of you.
Intervening and getting involved
When coming between the acts of bullying in which your child is involved, remember that the first and primary-most objective for you to is to ensure the safety of your child. If you suspect or see that your child was being physically hurt, don't hesitate to remove him/her from the premises immediately and avoid any sort of verbal engagement with the bully. If really necessary, you can use some stern words and exclamations to stop the bully further. You can also talk to the parents of the bully if they are around, but approach them with caution as parents don't usually want to hear their child is an annoyance to other children.
If the bullying is occurring in the playground of a school or in the vicinity of it, get into contact with your child's teacher or head administrator and bring the matter forward to them. At school, the teachers are the closest to your children and can help you plan how to monitor the children or avoid the situation entirely.
It's always best to sit down with your children and talk about bullying. Communication between parents and children is vital and can help you identify problems before they become trivial or get out of hand. Discussing bullying on a daily basis is also important as adult supervision is less frequent in playgrounds, whether in commercial settings or in schools. Role play is very important as you can brief your child as to how they can manage a bullying situation when there aren't adults to help them out. You can teach your child skills like telling the bully to stop or to simply walk away. These skills might seem quite simple and unnecessary but can do wonders for your child if he/she is ever in such a situation.
Bullying has been around for quite some time with countless children and individuals affected in one way or another by it so it's time we try and help put a stop to it once and for all. These aforementioned steps can be key in the process.