NIP BULLYING IN THE BUD WITH DRYNITES®
Unfortunately, bullying is becoming increasingly common, with as many as 1 in 6 children being bullied in some way on a weekly basis.
Bullying refers to aggressive behaviours that intentionally cause hurt or harm to a child. These behaviours can be physical or verbal, and are typically repeated over time.
We say a child is being bullied when another child or several other children:
Cyberbullying: via the internet and smart phones. This can occur at any time, day or night, and in any location. Children cannot escape it even in their own home. It can be observed by large audiences and it is easier for cyber than traditional bullies to shield their identity.
No matter how often a child is told to just ignore it, the fact is that bullying hurts. Children who are bullied can experience a range of negative outcomes including, depression, anxiety, bedwetting, social withdrawal, lack of friends, loneliness, dislike or avoidance of school, poor academic performance and suicidal tendencies.
Children can go to great lengths to hide the fact that they are being bullied. They may do this because they are embarrassed or believe if they tell someone the situation will only get worse.
So how can you tell if your child is being bullied? Look for changes in behaviour.
Spotting the signs of bullying:
Taking action against bullying:
Encourage your child to behave assertively in threatening situations.
Victims of bullying rarely feel as though they are able to stop it themselves.
Children who are witnesses to bullying are referred to as bystanders. Bystanders have three main roles, they can:
If you have any particular questions, please ask Dr Cathrine and she will personally answer any concerns you have.