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Advice For Parents: What Is Bullying & How Do I Support My Kid Through It?

Watching your child endure the pain of bullying, whether physical or emotional, can be a harrowing experience for any parent. The rise of cyberbullying adds another layer of complexity to this issue, making it imperative for parents to understand and effectively address bullying behaviors.

So, the team from Toley Ranz has provided some bullying advice for parents here, exploring what constitutes bullying, strategies for prevention, and steps to take if your child is affected by it.

What is Bullying?

Bullying is characterized by three main elements: intent, repetition, and power dynamics. Those who engage in bullying behavior do so deliberately to cause harm, whether through physical violence, verbal abuse, or exclusionary tactics. Boys often experience physical bullying, while girls are more likely to encounter psychological bullying. Also, children from marginalized communities, low-income families, or those with disabilities face an elevated risk of being bullied.

Why Intervene?

The repercussions of bullying can be profound, extending beyond physical injuries to the impact on a child’s emotional well-being and academic performance. Victims of bullying are at risk of experiencing depression, anxiety, and social withdrawal. As parents, it’s our responsibility to advocate for our children’s well-being and ensure they feel empowered to speak out against bullying.

Preventing Bullying: Tips for Parents

Signs of Bullying: What to Watch For

Parents should remain vigilant for signs that their child may be experiencing bullying, as some children may be reluctant to speak up about their experiences. Look out for physical injuries, changes in behavior, or signs of distress both online and offline.

Steps to Take to Deal with Bullying

If you discover that your child is being bullied, it’s essential to respond promptly and effectively by:

For more bullying advice for parents contact Toley Ranz today!

By fostering open communication, promoting empathy, and advocating for our children’s rights, we can create safer and more inclusive environments where every child can thrive. For more parent resources and information on the Toley Ranz BEFORE approach to stop bullying before it starts contact us online today or call (928) 254-1879.