How do you recognize a child who is being bullied?
In recent days, there is a lot of news in the media that arises as a result of bullying between children and adolescents. So what is this bullying? Behavior that is perceived as a result of peer bullying and parents should pay attention. Bullying is the regular use of verbal, physical, sexual, cyber or social violence by the powerful to hurt or intimidate the weaker. Bullying is when a child or adolescent is bullied by people of their own age group. The person who bullies is called the bully while the person being bullied is called the victim. Although it is seen that the children who are bullied are children who have fewer friends, are lonely, passive, calm, weak, emotional and anxious, it is necessary to know that any child can be exposed to this situation. Children who have been bullied may not tell anyone about their situation because of fears such as guilt, shame about the situation, a belief that no one will help them, or that adults may bully them.
For this reason, it is important for parents to know and observe the behaviors seen in a bullied child. Some of these behaviors are listed below: exhibiting abnormal or depressed behavior returning home with a physical injury, lost or damaged clothing or belongings decreased academic performance and difficulty concentrating on studies not wanting to go to school or seeing friends come home hungry or stuck on the toilet Failing at school or friends who make statements or stop talking about these issues Changes in sleep patterns or tiredness Have anxious behaviors and thoughts Show self-confidence problems The above behaviors can be seen as a result of different situations, or they can be a sign of bullying. Therefore, it is very important for parents to communicate with their children, listen carefully to their children and convey that they understand their children’s feelings.
What should a parent of a child who is being bullied look out for?
Contact your child’s school. Share this situation with your child’s class and guidance teacher, ask them for information on the topic and follow the topic. Give your child space to convey his feelings to you. Approach him with empathy in this area, acknowledging your child’s feelings and steer clear of accusatory attitudes. Don’t try to lighten or normalize the situation. Show that you support your child in this process. Support the best aspects of your child. Organize activities that contribute to the development of self-confidence and socialization.
How should a parent whose child is being bullied behave?
Do not support or normalize your child’s aggressive and bullying behavior. Help your child develop empathy so that the child being bullied can understand how they feel. Check the content of the movies your child watches and the games they play. Talk to your child about why offensive and inappropriate content is inappropriate and set some restrictions. Be a good role model for your child. Be aware of your attitude towards others and how you react to situations that make you feel angry. Stay in touch with the school and closely monitor your child’s attitude in this matter.