Bullying is defined as verbal or physical violence due to unbalanced physical or social power. It can include aggressive acts such as physical and verbal abuse. Bullying is common in schools, and research shows that approximately 1 out of every 5 students are victims of bullying. In most cases, perpetrators frequently isolate victims, which could involve name-calling and damage of reputation. Regular Bullying results in victims having a lack of confidence, self-love, social skills, and in severe cases, victims show symptoms of mental disorders and trauma.
How to know if your child is a victim of bullying?
It's easier to know that your child is the victim of physical bullying than verbal bullying. Frequently observe your child and notice how he or she behaves. See if he or she is getting wounds or scars daily. Observe if your child prefers to stay in their room, and see if they are constantly sick or scared.
Check-in with your child through healthy communication. What are they going through? Help them feel comfortable so they can share their concerns. The most important thing parents can do for their kids is to empathize with them. Praise your child if they do something right. Calmly explain what they are doing wrong. This can boost their self-confidence and also motivate them to achieve more in life.
"People who repeatedly attack your confidence and self-esteem are quite aware of your potential even if you're not" -Wayne Gerard Trotman