Something that happens worldwide and is very sad, is bullying. Although it not only happens in the case of children but also in adults, today I will talk about the little ones. Bullying refers to all forms of aggressive, intentional and repeated attitudes that occur for no reason, adopted by one or more students against others. How can we know if our children are victims of bullying?
HOW MANY TYPES OF BULLYING ARE THERE?
The person who exercises bullying does it to impose his power on another person, and he does it through constant threats, insults, aggressions or humiliations, in order to have it under his complete control. This can last for months or even years. The victim, on the other hand, suffers in silence in most cases. Intimidating abuse makes them feel anguish, fear, pain, to the point that it can lead to devastating consequences such as suicide. Harassment and verbal or physical abuse between students is bullying.
Experts note that bullying involves three key components:
- An imbalance of power between the bully and the victim. This imbalance can be real or only perceived by the victim.
- The assault is carried out by a stalker or group intentionally trying to harm the victim.
- Aggressive behavior towards the same victim that occurs repeatedly.
The types of bullying that exist are:
HOW CAN WE PARENTS KNOW IF OUR CHILD IS SUFFERING BULLYING AND HOW TO HELP HIM?
It is the changes that our children make that we can realize that they are suffering from bullying. They do not want to eat, they lock themselves in their room, they are always down and one of the most important is that they do not want to go to school.
- We must remain calm even though we know this is difficult. We have to restrain ourselves and psychologically support our children.
- Another important point is to listen to our children and not question any of their words.
- Avoid feelings of guilt for not having realized it sooner.
- Under any circumstances take justice by your hands and do not show a violent attitude towards the school or the aggressor.
- Encourage the child to report the aggressor to his teachers and, if necessary, to the police authority.
- Support your child in attending therapy with a psychiatrist / psychologist to assess the mental damage that may have been caused.
Remember that bullying can have serious consequences. There are many cases of children who have made the decision to commit suicide because they do not know how to control the situation. It is important to let our children know that they can trust us and that the parents are there to take care of them and protect them.
Encourage your children to approach you with such confidence that they can tell you what is happening in their lives. Prevention is better than regret.