In our childcare centres in Perth, we are fortunate enough that we don’t see bullying very often. Because of the great ratio of carers and teachers to children in our facilities, children here don’t really have a lot of time to bully anyone. And if they try, we usually see what is going on and work with the child to correct the behaviour.
However, we know that bullying does go on in other centres and once your child makes it to primary school. Here are some tips for preventing and coping with bullying.
A study in the Journal of Health Psychology stated that children who are bullied are likely to suffer from higher levels of stress, causing anxiety, illness and depression. Usually, though, the first sign of bullying is that the child dreads going to school and won’t tell you why. They can also undergo changes of mood such as sadness or anger and display more anxiety or aggression when at home. These are definite signs that something is wrong.
Most children are too embarrassed or scared to talk about bullying to their parents, but they can be helped to “open up”’ with patience and love. The best way to go about it is to suggest that you have noticed changes in them and that you believe they are having a hard time in school. Another way is to read to smaller children a story about how a child is being bullied in school.
Blocking the Bully
The best way to help children cope with bullying is to teach them ways to stand up for themselves that don’t involve retaliation. Making a joke can be a great technique, as can simply agreeing with the bully. “Blocking” the bully can often make them respect the person they are bullying and move on to an easier target.
For a safe, bully-free environment for your child, contact us today.