According to the American Psychological Association, bullying is a form of aggressive behavior in which someone intentionally and repeatedly causes another person injury or discomfort. Even though bullying commonly happens in childhood, the impact can last well into adulthood.
Did you know that children that experience bullying may experience serious emotional and mental disabilities? Bullying may interfere with social development, and self-esteem. Children who have been bullied are also at increased risk for problems with anxiety and depression.
If you are concerned about bullying, find out as much information as you can from your child and approach the school. Do not blame your child or ask your child why he/she didn’t do something that would have prevented it. Do not tell your child to ignore the bullying. Instead, help your child understand what to do when he/she is bullied and who specifically to tell in his/her school. With the right support, bullying does not have to impact mental health.
What Can I Do About Bullying As A Parent?
First, help your child to understand what bullying is and teach them how to safely stand up for themselves and others.
Second, always communicate. Check in with your children often. Listen to them. Know who their friends are, ask questions about school, understand, and listen to their concerns.
Don’t be afraid to seek professional help. Get support and learn skills to help prevent bullying from causing more serious emotional harm.