Bullying is a negative entity which affects a Child psychologically, socially and emotionally. Bullying is when a person or group of persons tries to intimidate or make an individual feel less of himself. It may be done through physical contact or done through jesting. Bullying can occur online or via mobile phones out of school hours or sometimes in parts of the school where no teacher is present. There are some unrealistic reasons why children get bullied by their peers: Appearance, Behaviour, Race or Religion, Social status e.t.c.
Research and analysis have shown that the school environment has the highest level of bullying among kids. School bullying is a proactive form of aggression, which does not only have impacts on the people been bullied, but the child partaking in the bullying. It creates a negative environment therefore, there is the need to discuss bullying.
Gone are the days when bullying was an issue left up to the victim alone to deal with. Most schools have anti-bullying policies and campaign, which ensures that everyone recognizes that they have a role to play as part of the solution. The difficulty for teachers is that what actually occurs between students is not often visible to them.
It is very important for teachers to be proactive in the classrooms, they must pay attention to every child and be very good at detecting when something is not right with a child. It is also important for teachers to lead by examples, children are very good at duplicating what they hear and see around them. Children need to see what relationships based on mutual respect look like.The environment should have an atmosphere of confidence, safety, freedom, self-respect and self-esteem. Schools, however, cannot address the issue of bullying alone.
A Lot of children go through bullying and actually don’t tell anyone. As a result, teachers and parents have to be able to recognize the possible signs that a Child is being bullied. They show signs like change in their moods, change in their eating habits or hygiene. As a parent, you can have a firm grasp on how bullying is handled in the school your child attends. We must also be careful that your Child is not the one participating in the bullying process.
The following tips can be considered;
* The teaching of kindness and empathy: Empathy is the ability to put yourself in someone’s else’s shoes and we need to embed this skill into the Child
* Observe and identify funny and mischievous behaviors among the Children e.g name calling, spying, laughing quietly e.t.c
*Teachers can organize anti-bullying clubs among their students, let them engage in activities like singing together, games, cooking and other activities that involves every single child.
* Set clear and enforceable rules. Let your students/kids know what behavior is expected of them, when kids are younger, keep the rules simple but at the same make sure you enforce these rules and show them that how serious and important they are.
* Reward positive behavior. When your Child does something right it is very important that he/she gets a reward or applaud for it. Get the class to clap and cheer up that child, this builds confidence in that child.
* Keeping parents informed about their Child’s grades, friends, behavior, and even their attitudes in school and among their peers. Working together, parents and teachers can give a consistent approach to introducing more productive and right behaviors.
*Make sure you educate your Child to be able to express himself or herself to talk when bullying is taking place
Bullying at school can be more serious than we think; a certain percent of students that commit suicide is due to bullying. It is very important that parents and teachers take this issue very serious and prevent it at all cost.