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.   



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