I hope you are doing great ♥️ and I hope you found the previous email beneficial like I did ♥️ If you haven't read last week's email, no worries just click here :)
In this email i will be sharing with you some signs that will tell you if your child is being bullied, and how can you help them repond to bullying.
If you're not sure your child is being bullied. Here are some signs you can look for.
Look closely. Some children aren't able to express their feeling verbally, so make sure to observe your child's emotional state. Signs include:
- Fear of going to school or joining school events.
- Being anxious, nervous or watchful.
- Physical marks (unexplained bruises, scratches, healing wounds.
- Having few friends in school or outside school.
- Losing friends suddenly or avoiding social situations.
- lost or destroyed clothes, electronics or other personal belongings.
- Asking for money more often.
- Low academic performance.
- Always wants to be absent from school, or calling from school asking to go home.
- Trying to stay near adults.
- Sleeping unwell and having some nightmares.
- Complaining of headaches, stomach aches.
- Regularly feeling stressed after spending some time online(without reasonable explanation).
- Becomes more secretive, especially when it comes to online activity (may suffer from cyberbullying).
- Being aggressive or having angry outbursts.
Responding to Bullying
If you know your child is being bullied, there are some steps that you can take to help them.
1- Listen to your child openly and calmly. Focus on making them feel heard and supported, instead of trying to find the cause of the bullying or trying to solve the problem, Make sure they know that it is not their fault. (or yours ;) )
2- Tell your child that you believe them. That you are glad they told you; that it is not their faulty, that you will do your best to find help and help them.
3- Talk to the teacher or the school. you and your child do not have to face bullying alone. Ask if your school has a bullying policy. This may apply for both in-person bullying and online (cyberbullying)
4- Be their support system. For your child, having a supportive parent is essential to dealing with the effects of bullying. Make sure they know they can talk to you at any time and reassure them that things will get better.
In the end, I just want to let you know that it's okay.. it's okay to feel worried and sad that your child might be bullied, but I just want to reassure you that it's a phase and it will pass. You will get out of it together, and with your help your child will be stronger (mentally, emotionally, and physically) that he used to be ;)
Tasneem from ConyWorld <3