The Bully and the Bullied
The issue of bullying may not be new to you. In fact, you may even have your own experiences and stories to share when it comes to the issue of being bullied.
However, for this content, we are making it all about children. The mental effects of bullying on children is something serious and one that has to be talked about.
Of course trust us as a reliable mental hub space to tackle this matter head on.
There have been a few trending stories on school children that were either injured or lost their lives as a result of being bullied in school.
With this in mind, let us now go into the main topic of discussion.
What if Your Child is Being Bullied?
First off, it does not have to be physical before it is considered bullying. It could be emotional, verbal or even cyber bullying. So, do not wait till you notice physical signs before you take action.
It may not always be kids just being kids. This is why it is very essential to form a deep bond with your child because sometimes they speak without speaking. It could be through their actions or even change of self.
You want to be the safe space that your child can run to and they can trust to tell anything. Listen to their problems with all seriousness and sincerity.
If your child is being bullied, then changing schools may be a vital step to take but it cannot stop there.
Bullying does have its effects on the mental health of children. These effects may not even show themselves till adulthood.
Your child may need to speak to professionals in the form of therapy so they can heal from their experience and of course we at EmpathySpace do offer sessions that your child can take.
What if Your Child is the Bully?
So, you have just been called over by the school because your child was caught being aggressive or in short, bullying other children.
Of course, disciplining them is important but is that really all there is to the matter?
First thing first, you must communicate with your child. You will be amazed just how much you will learn from having a full conversation with children.
Talk with them and let them air their thoughts in freedom. Sometimes, their actions may actually be a cry for help.
Secondly, you need to check yourself. Children are expert copycats.
Do you sometimes show actions of aggression at home? Or do you tend to use abusive words with the staff?
These are questions you should ask yourself.