Bullying is the act of using force or strength to intimidate others either emotionally or physically. It can also be to shun them away from a group. Bullying is a social activity. You may think that bullying is uncommon among kindergarteners, but this isn’t true. Even at such a young age kids are bullied.
Who is a bully?
Research shows that a bully is someone with low self-esteem. Such people find joy in thriving upon other people’s sadness. Or they feel happy by making others feel less of themselves. Make sure your kid isn’t the bully, if he/she is, then you need to immediately resolve the problem. Talk to him/her about it and make him/her understand what they are doing wrong. Look for the root cause of the problem and immediately set about to resolve the issue.
How to put an end to bullying?
1. Maintain a poker face
Tell your child to stay calm when encountered by a bully. Help them understand that bullies thrive on making other people uncomfortable and upsetting them so it’s essential that they do not react to the situation.
2. Buddy System
Bullies generally do not confront people in groups. Tell your child to always have a friend with them. It could be when they wait at the bus stop or during lunch break. There is always strength in numbers and your child can always help his/her friend out in the same way if he/she needs it.
3. Encourage them to seek help
A permanent solution to bullying is by finding help. Talking to an adult or anyone that can help him/her out is really the first step. Always make sure that your child understands that he/she can look to you no matter what and also talking about it shows they are strong, that they are able to face what they are going through rather than hiding it out of fear that it will make the situation worse.
4. Talk to an authoritarian figure
If bullying is occurring at the day care or school talk to someone in the management. They will be able to keep an eye out for your child. There are also laws which are followed against bullying. It will also decrease the tension you have about your child.
5. Talk to the child’s parents
The bully’s parents have to be made aware of the actions of their child. So it’s a good idea to talk to his/her parents so that they can teach their child that what he/she is doing is wrong. In most cases, parents aren’t even aware of the doings of their child.
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