With the development of technology, bullying does not only occur by physical contact or from peers in school hallways. The fact is, children at home are still vulnerable to being bullied. Those who have been bullied may experience serious emotional and mental disabilities. These experiences may lead to issues with social development, and self-esteem. Moreover, children who have been bullied are also at an increased risk for problems with anxiety and depression, or may carry on the aggression later in life.
WHAT CAN WE DO AS ADULTS
According to StopBullying, as adults, we have to first learn how to differentiate a playful engagement from actual bullying. Often times, learning the steps can help better prepare a prevention plan or avoiding re-occurrences. There are more tips listed down below:
For parents, recognizing the warning signs that your child is involved in bullying. Even witnessing an act of bullying could affect your child. Talk to your child and see if they display any sort of behavioral or emotional changes. Many times, kids won't ask for help, so it’s important we know what to look for.
For Educators, establishing a safe school climate. A safe environment can sharply decrease the occurrence of bullying. Also, actively engaging with parents and youth to build a well-rounded positive climate in the child's life.
Goes without saying, communication is the antidote to many mental illnesses, and bullying is no exception. But often times communication between adults and children end up on a one way channel, leaving the child feeling unheard and invalidated. We encourage parents, educators, and adults in a child's life to just listen to what they are feeling/thinking.