Child bullying is not new, it has existed in our society for ages. While parents are concerned about their child being bullied by friends, it is not always harmful when carried out in a playful or friendly manner. If both kids found it funny, then there is nothing to worry about it. But at times when as a result of serious bullying, a kid is hurt physically or emotionally traumatized; it is a matter of concern and needs immediate interference from parents.
Bullying can be physical, verbal, or psychological and can be in these forms:
- Extorting money
Nowadays, electronic or cyber bullying is quite raging among school going kids. This kind of bullying generally involves using electronic medium, such as email, websites, or social networking platforms.
Why Does Child Bullying Occur?
Kids bullying takes place due to many reasons:
- The most common instance is when a group of kids select a kid, who may be physically or emotionally w
- There are also instances, where kids bully others to satisfy their grudge against someone else, maybe parents. These kids torment other kids in the way they are being treated.
- Studies have shown that kids who regularly bully others are from such family background where parents often quarrel among each other or other family members shout, get angry, or call each other names.
According to a New York Times report in “Effects of Bullying Last into Adulthood”, researchers revealed that victims of bullying in childhood were 4.3 times more likely to have an anxiety disorder as adults, compared to those with no history of bullying or being bullied.
The report also said that bullies who were also victims were particularly troubled: they were 14.5 times more likely to develop panic disorder as adults, compared to those who did not experience bullying, and 4.8 times more likely to experience depression.
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What Are The Signs Of Bullying?
It is quite natural for parents to be concerned about their kid becoming a victim of a child bullying. It is always better to get involved with your kid so that if he/she is getting bullied, as a parent you will get some hints while talking to him/her. Here are some of the signs that you can notice when your child is being bullied:
- Your kid may withdraw.
- Your kid may be scared to go to school.
- Your kid may show increasing signs of depression.
- Your kid’s performance in school may drop.
- Your kid may not show interest in speaking about school friends.
- Your kid may return home from school with bruises, scrapes and other marks.
- Your kid may return home with destroyed clothing or personal belongings.
- Your kid may frequently complain about headaches, stomach aches, and troubled sleeping.
- Your kid may show changes in eating habits.
- Your kid may show signs of helplessness and low self-esteem.
How To Help Your Child Deal With Bullying?
Parents or guardians have to play a key role in dealing with child bullying. Initially, it would be difficult for you to understand the signs of verbal or emotional bulling. So it is always advised by counselors that parents should lookout for signs if their kid’s confidence and self-respect are wavering.
As a parent, you should always be watchful that if your kid is the one who bullies or gets bullied. Child bullying activities can lead to serious problems in life, and can also give rise to criminal activity. If child bullying is not handled with care right in the beginning when it starts, it may also disturb future professional and personal relationships. It is parent’s duty to see that their kids learn to express themselves in socially acceptable manners.