What To Do When Your Child Is Being Bullied
It’s a parent’s worst nightmare to know that their child is being bullied. You can feel helpless and worried about what to do about it. Here is our quick guide to dealing with bullying.
Talk about it. This may be the hardest step. Talk to your child about what is happening to them. Be clear that you are there to listen without judgement. If your child doesn’t want to talk about it, you can ask them to write it all down. Once you know exactly what is going on in your child’s life, you can try to sort it out.
Plan. Be open with your child about the steps that you are going to take to stop the bullying. If your child is reluctant to confront the bully or bullies, explain why it is important to stop the bullying.
Act. Now that you have a plan, act on that plan. If your child is being bullied at school, arrange a meeting with the school’s head teacher to find a solution. If your child is being bullied by a friend, contact their parents and find a solution.
Follow up on the resolution. If the school head teacher excluded the child or children who were doing the bullying, check in to make sure that your child will be safe and happy at school. Make sure that you follow up on any action to ensure that your child is happy and there has been action taken against the perpetrators.
Get your child’s reaction to the solution. If your child feels as though they are still unhappy or the solution has had no impact, then you may need to escalate the issue with the relevant people.
Remember that there are organisations that can offer advice and directions on what steps to take when your child is being bullied.
For more information:
We have a Parents for Life course which raises the awareness on the importance of positive parenting and strategies on how to enhance your relationship with your child through key life stages.
We have an Increasing Wellbeing and Inclusion in Early Years Settings course