Is Your Child Being Bullied?

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Most kids are teased at some point ~ usually in a playful, friendly manner.  When teasing becomes hurtful, unkind or constant, it crosses the line into bullying and needs to stop.  Bullying behaviours include hitting, shoving, name-calling, taunting, threatening or shunning others, spreading rumours, etc.

Here are a few signs to watch for if your child is being bullied:

  • Losing belongings
  • Unexplained bruises
  • Seeming anxious, moody, easily upset
  • Not eating or sleeping well
  • Avoiding certain situations (like going to school)

 What Parents and Caregivers Can Do:

  • Take bullying seriously. Don’t brush it off as “kids will be kids”.  Bullying can affect children’s safety and self-worth.
  • Encourage your children to speak openly about their feelings.
  • Listen calmly, offer support and comfort. Let them know it’s not their fault.  Ask “What can I do to help?”
  • Coach your child on how to react. Bullies tend to pick on kids that they can get a reaction from ~ those who get upset and take the teasing to heart, those who don’t stand up for themselves, or can be over-powered.  Suggestions might include:
    • Avoiding the bully
    • Acting brave, walking away and ignoring the bully.
    • Telling a trusted adult
    • Talking about it with someone they trust.
  • If your child attends preschool or daycare, let the teacher know about what is happening.

 

All children have a right to feel safe in their playgrounds, schools and communities. 

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