Menu
Lifestyle

7 tips for parents if your child is getting bullied

BULLYING is a parent's worst nightmare.   

It can leave you feeling helpless, scared and stressed to the max - and that's not even half of what the child is going through. Bullying can have a huge impact on the child's learning, mental and physical health and lead to more serious problems later in life.   

Statistics show about 40% of people have experienced some sort of bullying in the past.  

Author and educator Michael Grose from ParentingIdeas listed these tips for parents if your child is getting bullied:  

1. Listen to their story: Children who are bullied need someone to believe their story. Take them seriously and avoid dismissing complaints as tell-tale.  

2. Deal with their feelings: Recognise and validate their emotions. Let them talk about how they think and feel.  

3. Get the facts: Get a clear picture of what happens, including who is involved, the frequency and what happens prior to any bullying.  

4. Give them coping skills: With a clear picture you can start giving your child some help about how they may deal with bullying including using avoidance strategies, being more assertive and changing body language.   

5. Get the school involved: Bullying is best handled when parents and teachers are involved. Approach your school through the appropriate channels, make yourself aware of your schools' anti-bullying procedures and programs, and be willing to work within these guidelines.  

6. Help build your child's support networks: Kids need a group of friends to support them when they experience bullying so look for practical ways to broaden friendships groups.  

7. Build their self-confidence: Provide children with systematic encouragement. Let them know through your words and treatment of them that they will get through this period.   

Topics:  bullying heymumma heymummaschool parenting school



Move over Noosa, Rainbow's property market is hot

BUSY: Andrew Hawkins says the holiday rental market is booming.

Australia is cottoning on to what locals have known for decades

Young mum's sweet, random act of kindness

Letter writer says there is some abuse of disabled parking spots in Mary St, where parking is at a premium.

This happened at the Gympie Central Shopping Centre: letter

Kandanga quarry delayed for more detail

ON HOLD: A proposal to reopen and rehabilitate a quarry at Kandanga has been delayed by the council.

Controversial quarry on hold, but not all councillors agree.

Local Partners

Aussie parents buy pre-teen kids own apartments

THEY’RE aged just seven and 10. But these two kids already own homes in Melbourne’s property game.

Student goes viral over boyfriend mix-up

College student praised for strict loyalty to ‘girl code’.

She may have got it wrong, but more need that kind of heart

Men asked to take responsibility for bad driving

Men make up 74% of national road fatalities and are being asked to drive more responsibly.

Do you think men are worse drivers than women?

PHOTOS: Australia's first ever sensory park opens in CQ

The opening of Gladstone's Lions Park, on December 16, 2017.

Pioneering park project a first in Australia and opened yesterday.

CHEAPEST WAY TO SHOP: How to bag the best bargain

Waiting for things. Yuck.

Costco warehouse shopping is a jaw-dropping experience

How a dietitian spent $50 at ALDI

Contrary to popular belief, it’s not hard to stick to a balanced diet.

The healthy haul you can get at ALDI for $50