Helping children to open up
OFTENTIMES, children are afraid to approach adults about being bullied due to fear of their complaints being disbelieved or not taken seriously.
It is a common habit to start questioning victims for things they might have done to provoke the bullies into acting the way they did, but the bullies are responsible for their own actions and should be held accountable.
In addition, young bully victims are often incapable of communicating their troubles to their guardians simply because they do not comprehend what is happening to them, and this could persist into their teenage and adult years.
Guardians need to understand that younger children are still discovering negative emotions and need guidance to develop and understand them.
How victim blaming occurs
Second-guessing the victim’s claims Sympathising with the bully Being overly aggressive in handling the matter so the victim does not feel comfortable.
“What did you do?”
“They must have had a reason.” “Did you say anything back?” “You need to be braver.” “Just fight back.”