This may seem like a simple question to answer since bullying has gotten a fair amount of recognition over the last 20 years, but the stats actually tell us otherwise.
In a nutshell, bullying is any negative or harmful action that someone purposefully subjects another person to more than once.
There are 6 types of bullying that you'll mainly need to know about. These include: physical, verbal, psychological or even sexual acts.
As bad as this is, what's more frightening is how these attacks can end up affecting your child negatively for life.
No matter how you look at it, bullying is a form of abuse. And any child exposed to it will be at a much higher risk of developing an Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE).
Our brains are largely wired to function based on our childhood experiences – and going through a traumatic experience, such as being bullied, can lead to long-term mental health problems including depression, anxiety and suicide. ( Ramiro, 2010 )
What's more frightening about this, is how few children speak up about being bullied while it's happening.
In fact, stats show that nearly one in three students between the ages of 2 and 18 are bullied in school, yet only 36% of them report the incidents to their parents. Basically, this means that if your kid is being bullied, there's only a 36% chance they would even tell you.
So what's the standard approach most parents take when being asked by their children, "Mom, these guys at school are being mean to me and I don't know what to do?"
Well, in many cases they're taught to turn a blind eye and avoid confrontation altogether.
Now before you jump up in defence: Yes, there is great merit in any child who avoids aggression and is kind to others.
But, it is just as important that every child understands their rights as individuals and how to protect themselves in the right way when in a harmful social situation.
As a parent, you need to understand that you play a key role in both helping prevent and properly responding to a situation where your child is being bullied .
So, if you feel your child is in danger it's crucial to take action immediately.
The aim of this course:
Awareness helps us survive and grow as human beings. By developing this skill, we can begin to perceive a situation or fact far more accurately than most.
By being aware of a particular issue your child is facing and understanding the complications it may come with, two things will happen.
Not only will you start to understand why you respond to that situation the way you do, but you will have the chance to dramatically improve the results you achieve when you deal with it. ( Blom, 2006 )
True self-awareness lets your child understand their own needs and emotions so that they can accept responsibility for who they are and what they do. ( Woldt & Toman, 2005 )
If you guide your child through practical exercises that build their awareness skills, you can help them improve their ability to process emotion and understand their own social needs.
This gives them the resources to deal with their own bullying concerns methodically and be a trustworthy voice of reason amongst their friends.
One of the hardest parts of helping your child deal with bullying is approaching them on the subject.
In the next lesson we teach you a simple proven technique that allows you to confront your child about bullying in a non-threatening way that makes them feel comfortable talking to you about the subject.
Bullying has become a serious problem worldwide and one in three students between the ages of 2 and 18 are bullied in school. In this lesson, we look at some facts about bullying and the psychological effects it has on your child.
One of the hardest parts of helping your child to deal with bullying is approaching them on the subject. In this lesson we teach you a simple technique that opens the subject in a friendly non-threatening way that makes your child feel comfortable talking to you about bullying.
To cement the trust you have just built in the previous lesson, it is essential to show your child that they are not alone and that you are there to offer them support. In this lesson, we show you ways that you and your child can discuss bullying in an open and honest way.
It is essential that your child understands that bullying comes in many shapes and forms and in this lesson we provide you with real-life examples of bullying that you can discuss with your child. Not all actions constitute as bullying and it is imperative your child can identify bullying correctly.
Most children that are being bullied feel that they have no one to turn to. In this lesson we show you how to create a support system for your child that helps them feel safe in a social environment and allows them to cope with bullying.