It’s that time of the year. Your kids head back to school and you have to start worrying about bullying again. Bullying is becoming a bigger problem in schools. Every single year and bullying is starting younger and younger. It used to be that bullying was mainly a high school problem but now it’s in middle school.
Enforce Social Media Limits
A huge amount of teasing takes place on social media. Make sure that your child knows the rules and knows what is appropriate to post and what isn’t. You can try to use spy apps to keep them safe, but it won’t always work. By setting rules about social media use early on you may be able to stop online bullying before it starts.
Teach Your Kids The Signs Of Bullying
Sometimes kids can end up getting bullied and they won’t even know it. They might be a member of a group and the other members of that group start picking on them or hazing them. Your child might just assume that’s part of being in the group. Talking to your kids about the signs of bullying will help them recognize bullying behavior that occurs before it goes too far.
Teach Your Kids Some Empathy
Make sure that you talk with your kids about empathy. Imagine what it would feel like to be in someone else’s shoes. By teaching your kids to have empathy for others who may have different living situations from the one that you have with your kids or for kids who may not have everything that your kids have you can teach your kids to be kind to others instead of bullying them. And it wouldn’t hurt to teach them that there will be consequences if you find out that they are bullying others.
Teach Them To Be An Advocate
Another thing that you should teach your kids before they go back to school. How to stand up for kids that are being bullied. If more kids would stand up to bullies there would be far fewer bullies in schools. It can be hard for kids to risk the wrath of a bully by standing up for someone else but if you teach them that they will have your support and that helping others is the right thing to do they will know that they should speak up if they see someone else being bullied.