Bullying Prevention Begins At Home
Bullying prevention is essential as learning ABC’s and 123s. Bullying prevention should be part of the home education seeing that home is the first school. Young children need to know in their very early years that not everyone will be their friends nor not everyone will like them. Young children are very sensitive and their self esteem needs to be nurtured. They need to know that when some one says, “I am not your friend”, that it is not the end of the world and that they will be fine. Parents and caregivers, you will save your children and help with bullying prevention.
You send your child to school in order to get an education, not to be picked on. Unfortunately the society where everyone must live in together is not always clear on the goals. Bullying is every where but it usually starts in elementary school. Bullying prevention is taught in school but it still exists.
Bullying happens when teachers aren’t looking or where people cannot see or hear. Children get picked on especially if they show any signs of weaknesses; the way the dress, any imperfections, or if they have a learning disability.
What can you do at home?
You can’t stop bullying from happening to your child but bullying prevention does start at home. Sit down with your child and talk to him/her about what bullying is and how bullying can hurt. Go over some instances and give advice on how to avoid the situation and walk away. It is not always easy but you may be able to discuss some signs that your child can watch for to recognize a bully. You can also go over bullying prevention steps and how to handle situations for others.
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If your child suffers from a learning disability they may encounter more bullying because others may make fun of them and bullies will consider them easy targets. Bullies usually pick on children that show some type of weakness whether it is physical or mental. When bullying starts, it is hard to stop it until the child is so weak and vulnerable. To a bully, picking on a child that is weak or vulnerable lifts up their confidence and gives them a proud feeling.
Schools try to teach bullying prevention to students however bullying still happens. There are different degrees of bullying from mild to severe. Mild bullying consists of mostly words. The bully tries to dominate by saying mean and hurtful things in order to make a child feel bad. Mild to moderate bullying usually includes saying hurtful things and making some form of physical contact such as pushing. Moderate to severe bullying includes all of these and threatening the life of another child as well as physically assaulting the child.
A child who is being bullied may feel insecure and angry for being a victim. They may also feel scared or they may develop low self-esteem. Bullying can cause depression in children and adults as well if it is allowed to continue. Bullying can rob the spirit of a child and make them feel imperfect because they are being picked on for a reason. Bullying has been the cause of death among children and teens when bullying goes too far and becomes more than a stage that a child goes through to dominate others.
If bullying seems to be getting out of control you may need to take charge and stand up to bullying prevention. Parents, grandparents, family members, teachers, and other members of the community will welcome the opportunity to help with bullying prevention.