Bullying Awareness: Early and Often

Thursday - January 09, 2014

Bullying can have serious long-term effects on victims, so early prevention is necessary to decrease bullying activity and help children understand what to do should they encounter it.

 

 

Bullying is, unfortunately, a familiar part of childhood, but a combination of attentive parenting and community awareness can lessen the prevalence and the effects of bullying. Taking bullying seriously is the first step toward ensuring your child is able to prevent and resist bullying.

At some point before or during the time your child is in school, it’s a good idea to have a conversation with your child about bullying. Help them understand that no matter what the circumstances are, you are available to talk to them. Parents are often the last to know about bullying when it happens, but establishing a strong communication line early on can open the door so they know you are available.

Asking the right questions can help you determine if your child is a victim of bullying. Instead of directly asking your child if there’s any bullying going on, which could lead to denial, ask indirect questions:

In addition to trying to stay informed through conversation, keep an eye out for any inexplicable bruises or missing personal items. It might be an indication that there is something going on.

It is also helpful to talk to your child about the importance of empathy and sincerity. A little bit of positivity can go a long way. The greater effort we collectively put toward eliminating bullying, the sooner it will be eradicated.

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