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You know your child is being bullied but what should you do?

Posted Sep 07 2008 8:02pm

  1. Install confidence in your child.Confident children are much less likely to become a victim but what if your child is not confident by nature? There are some things that you can do. Get them to stand up straight and with their head held high.

  2. Encourage your child to invite their friends back to the house to play out of school hours.Bullies generally like children who don’t have a big social network to back them up. If a bully approaches your child tell them to go and stand next to a group of children even if they are not best friends. This can be off putting for a bully as they much prefer a child on their own, as it is easier to intimidate a lone child.

  3. Practice role play at home.As stupid as it might seem, you can give the child ideas on how to deal with different situations, so if a similar scenario does occur they may feel more confident in how to act.

  4. Don’t encourage them to hit back. Your parents may have taught you to fight back but bullies are usually stronger and may have allies under their control so it could result in your child getting hurt and their pride damaged,

  5. Inform the school of your fears for your child’s safety.Speak to the head teacher and check with them daily so it is not overlooked. Bullying is a serious matter and should be taken seriously.

Research has proven that bullies are usually very unhappy children themselves with poor adult guidance. Most bullies fail to hold down a job, maintain personal relationships and a high percentage are convicted of crimes before the age of 24.

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