Before we start by the ways to teach your kids how to handle bullying, why don’t we take a look at the concepts and the causes behind?
According to Unicef, “A bully intends to cause pain, either through physical harm or hurtful words or behaviour, and does so repeatedly. Boys are more likely to experience physical bullying, while girls are more likely to experience psychological bullying.”, which is definitely true. Bullying can happen in person or online and it has no limits. It is caused by people generally who tend to dominate or exhibit power in cruel ways.
When do we intervene?
It’s not a difficult question to answer. Your child’s emotional, mental and physical health can be damaged due to effects of bullying. Hence you need to look for signs such as anger outbursts,
sudden changes in mood, sadness, speaking less, low academic performance, avoiding social situations, physical symptoms like stomach pain, anxiousness, inattentiveness, poor body
We understand watching your child face bullies can be disheartening. Hence we came up with research-backed tips to help you out.
1. Teach your children about the fundamental basics of bullying. What kind of discomfort other people can cause them, how they can be harmed, the sense of harsh words being used upon, etc. Empathize with your children and don’t make it fearful for them. Make them believe that YOU ARE THERE for them.
2. Have gentle conversations about feelings, how to recognize them, and deal with any conflicts occurring with respect to emotions.
3. Teach them to reach out for help from elders like teachers, parents, and support staff. Make them feel comfortable with their situation by showing your presence. Ask the school
authorities about the code of conduct for bullying and seek help wherever possible.
4. Teach them patience. Kids in impulsivity end up fighting which can cause mental and physical damage. Teach them to talk appropriately and avoid such situations in most
cases. Ignoring the bullies makes them feel less happy about it, so eventually such people might stop as well.
5. Teach your kids to recognize the non-verbal cues exhibited by the bullies such as unwanted persistent eye contact, inappropriate touching, poking to cause irritation, etc.
6. Focus on your kid’s effective communication and social skills and help them learn proper body language to project self-confidence.
Bullying can happen anywhere, at any age and we at Cuekids can prepare your kids to tackle bullies by enhancing their communication, cultural, emotional and social skills on par with the upcoming world.
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