School bullying is big trouble and not just a high school problem. Bullying has become a part of primary school or early year groups. Parents can learn how to spot, deal with and protect children from bullies at different levels of academics.
Bullying can be a nightmare for children. Bullies can ruin their recess; the learning process and even psychological effects. It can leave severe and drastic emotional influences on our kids. If your children face such issues in their schools, we must stop it as parents, coaches and instructors. At Great Start Karate, we teach kids how to cope with bullying, mean gossip, and regular.
Whether your child is facing these issues or not, they still need to get prepared for such things and how to deal with them.
Try to Stop the Bullying Beforehand
Think of ideas to help your child stop the bullying beforehand. Develop smart ideas for children to use in challenging situations. Following are some highly suggested ways to stop bullying before it escalates.
Work on Responses
At Great Start Karate, we teach your child how to tell someone to stop bullying. Responses need to be rigid and direct but not combative. The common responses that you can teach your child are “do not do this,” “Leave me alone” or “that is not right.” A subtle shut-up call can save your child from the start.
Role-playing can be a powerful tool that we use in our online karate classes to build your child’s confidence and encourage them to deal with bullying. You can act like a bully while asking your child to practice various responses. It helps them feel confident while handling such situations in schools. Assist them in speaking in a firm tone. Do not cry, as it only makes the situation worse.
Work on Positive Body Language and Expressions
Teach your child to change their body language according to the situation. Ask them to rehearse different expressions while someone is bothering them. The child’s looks are way more important while encountering bullies.
Listen to Your Child Carefully
Foster the communication between you and your child. Regular listening will give you insight into their daily school routine. Try to keep a calm and positive tone. Nurture your child carefully so they are not afraid to tell you about things that bother them. Let them know that safety is more important than anything in your life, and they can always talk about their problems.
Boost the Child’s Confidence
A confident child is less vulnerable to bullies than those who lack confidence. However, build your child’s confidence and encourage them to participate in social activities and take time out for hobbies. Feeling good about themselves will improve their positive behavior. Point out their qualities and good habits so that they can feel assured. At Great Start Karate, we know confidence plays a vital role in dealing with bullies and we address this in our classes
Recognize the Child’s Efforts
It will help if you let your child know they have done the right thing and made you proud by standing against the bullies. It encourages them to stand against the odds and teaches them a lesson. Whenever your child tells you that they have taught a bully a lesson, appreciate their efforts! Also, ask them to speak up whenever they see a bully teasing another kid in the school.
Guide Your Child to React Appropriately
Bullies lack sensitivity, self-control and they always want to hurt their fellows. They want to control others’ lives, but you need to gear up your child to deal with such things firmly. Following are some strategies that can help your child deal with bullies.
Keep a Positive Attitude
Teach your child to stay positive even if they have to hear some bad words from bullies. Do not let their words get into your mind.
Say Your Feelings
It is essential to let bullies know that they are hurting you or how you feel about what they say or do. Teach your child to speak about how you feel calmly. Let them know what is bothering you and try to do it with a determined tone.
Use Your Humor
Do not react aggressively to bullies. Instead, tell your child to make jokes about their threats, sayings and walk away. The bully will think that they have no influence and are less likely to continue when they don’t get the reaction they are seeking.
Do Not Cry Before the Bully
Your tears will excite the bully, and they will keep trying to inflict discomfort and hurt. Tell your child to try not to cry in front of bullies.
Report the Bully
Teach your child to report the bully, and if they are hesitant, you must guide and help them.
Encourage Your Child
Always encourage your child when they stand in front of bullies and take positive actions to stop them.
Reach Out to the Parents
Contact the bully’s parents and let them know about your child’s condition. Call them and ask them to resolve this issue cooperatively. Most parents are unaware their child is acting like a bully.