What to do if your child is being bullied
SOME students starting primary or high school may find themselves subjected to bullying.
The Queensland Health website pointed to the national definition for Australian schools: “Bullying is an ongoing misuse of power in relationships through repeated verbal, physical and-or social behaviour that causes physical and-or psychological harm. It can involve an individual or a group misusing their power over one or more persons. Bullying can happen in person or online, and it can be obvious (overt) or hidden (covert).”
The Bullying No Way website had the following tips for parents or carers whose children were being bullied:
Listen calmly and get the full story – Your calm response is important to allow your child to tell you all about the situation. After they’ve told you their story, ask questions to get more details if you need to: who, what, where, when. Although you may feel some strong emotions about your child’s experience, try to keep calm to avoid more distress to your child.
Reassure your child they are not to blame – Many children blame themselves and this may make them feel even worse. You could say things like, ‘That sounds really hard to deal with. No one should have to put up with that.’ Ask your child what they want to do and what they want you to do. A critical part of your response is to avoid jumping in to solve the problem.
Contact the school – Your child may be reluctant for you to do this, so discuss the idea and reassure them that the school would want to know and is able to help. Make an appointment to meet with your child’s teacher and, if you need to, ask to talk with the principal. Contact the school immediately if you have a concern about your child’s safety.
Check in regularly with your child – Keep the conversation going. It can take time to resolve issues, so check in regularly with your child.
For more go to bullyingnoway.gov.au