Concerned about bullies? Here are some things parents can do

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If you suspect bullying and your child won’t talk to you, arrange a conference with a trusted adult who knows your child.

When it comes to bullying, what most people fail to recognize is that the bullied rarely ever talks about it. They suffer in silence, and in effect, they don’t get the help they need.

This is alarming because bullying start at a young age, affecting a child’s psyche in a negative way early on. It damages a child’s perception of one’s self and erodes their self-esteem.

According to Amanzimtoti Trauma Unit (ATU) centre manager, Loraine Odendaal, bullying is starting at younger ages and is more frequent and aggressive than before.

“Unfortunately this cruel behavior increases with age,” she said in a Sun report. “It’s also troubling children don’t always tell us that they are being bullied.”

Bullying comes in many forms.

It can be physical (hitting, punching or beating), verbal (teasing, name calling or threats), emotional (intimidation using gestures, social exclusion or threats), or sexual.

It doesn’t matter what kind of bullying one experiences; its effects are equally harmful and must be stopped.

In the most extreme cases, bullying results in suicide.

This is why parents and educators have to take a more active role in making sure children don’t experience such abuse.

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