How many of us have experienced some kind of bullying amongst children whether it be our own children or some one else’s. I tend to see this a lot and it really bothers me although I know that they are just kids I can’t help but wonder why they would want to bully others in the first place. In this case it’s not so much about why but how are they able to bully with adults being present.
This is an ongoing problem in schools everywhere not just a general area. Most schools have chosen not to tolerate it while other schools tend to look the other way so to speak. My daughter attends a nice school where they teach a variety of different languages. She loves school and talks about nothing else literally. As of late I have seen a dramatic change in her when she arrives at school in the mornings. She is way less talkative then normal and she seems down not the normal motivated little person that I see everyday.
Is My Daughter Being Bullied
I mean to any parent that’s a hard question to ask yourself because the next question is almost like how could I not have known this was happening. It’s okay it’s not your fault sometimes when there is a lot going on we tend to overlook things not intentionally but it happens. Try not to beat yourself up about this the only question that should be on your brain is how can I help, prevent, and stop this.
I happened to catch some things that were odd to me, but if you see a difference in your child or something that would lead you to believe they may be being bullied. Don’t overlook the signs if they are there.
Signs of Bullying
There is a wide variety of signs that your child could display from bullying other than verbally expressing it. There is no one that knows your child better than you, and you can tell whether or not they may be acting strange. I just want to make you aware that there are other things as well so don’t just limit yourself to one thing.
- Lack of enthusiasm for school
- Stomach Aches
- Hanging with a different crowd
- Trouble getting sleep
- Dramatic emotional reactions
- Less Family Time
- Withdraw from electronics
All of this may seem like nothing but just looking at this list I can pick out at least two of the actions being the ones my daughter displayed. What should I do now, address the situation of course. Everything starts from the top and works it’s way down the line.
If your child is in fact being bullied at school I would start with the school
- Speak to your child’s teacher
- Address issue with administrators
- Contact the school board
Sometimes when you talk to the teacher at times it can be swept under the rug or overlooked. Maybe the teacher is unable to handle all of the children within his care without help. Then the solution to that would be to get a volunteer or a teachers aide.
If you go to administration you have a chance of actually being heard and getting you issue across. Or maybe what you say will fall on deaf ears, you must always expect the unexpected. I’m not saying to just go straight above their heads, at least give them a chance to fix the issue. If nothing changes and in fact may be getting worst then I would encourage you to contact the school board.
If your child was being bullied what steps would you take to ensure their safety while in school?