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Many parents reading this article might be well aware with the horrors of school bullying, but let’s start at the roots. According to various sources, school bullying is defined as ‘psychological, emotional, cyber, social or physical harassment of one student by another at school or within the school community’. Bullying is a severe behavior and it involves complex and aggressive actions. For any act to classify as bullying, there are generally four criterion set, bullying is deliberate, it involves power imbalance, is harmful and is constantly repeated. Any form of bullying can be mortifying and devastating for the child being bullied.

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School authorities and parents both have a very crucial role to play to curb school bullying and protecting children from its severe effects. Schools should be vigilant and block any form of school bullying at the earliest. School authorities should form a committee of certain teachers to monitor such activities. Holding seminars and conferences for students on school bullying and making them realize the severity of the issue is another measure that has proved successful in the past. Some schools adopt great disciple in this area and grant detention as a disciplinary penalty. Punishing the bully is necessary as only then will they realize the graveness of their act, but at the same time is necessary to keep in mind that the bully is also a student and severely punishing him/her may cause serious damage to his psychology too.

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There might be two cases, either your child is a bully or a victim of bullying. Both the situations need to be handled very carefully. If your child is involved in bullying, you might see extreme behavioral changes, such as;

  • They may be angry and restless most of the time
  • Seem disinterested in any school activities
  • Have questionable marks or bruises on their body
  • Seem insecure or show acts of low self esteem

It is imperative for a parent to monitor their children behavior, and if they show such behaviors to take remedial actions towards them. The very first thing is to take this matter to notice of the school authorities. Ask them if they have been observing any differential behavior from your child and take charge of his/ activities. As a parent, talk openly to your child, show them love and care and try to understand the issue rather than disregarding or arguing with them.

Parents and teacher guiding a student over school bullying
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If your child is a victim of bullying, you need to handle the situation with even more care. A bullied child is extra sensitive and may need more love and care at home. Urge your child to discuss the problem with you, and make sure they don’t feel scared talking about it. Seek help from the school and engage support from class coordinator and other classmates. If the situation is worse, consider therapy for your child as it will relax and calm your child’s mind and body. You need to boost the self confidence of your child so that he can stand up to the bully but don’t encourage them to provoke to instigate a fight with the bully.

Some childhood events can leave a very serious mark in adulthood. Bullying is not healthy in any form and will lead to disturbed later life of both the bully and the victim. So parents and schools, please take note not to let go of any bullying incident you come across easily. It is only by spreading awareness and education about school bullying can this issue be solved.

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