FROM THE PARENT CUE
No parent wants to learn that their child is a bully. In the journey of growing into who God made them to be, children (like adults) will need lots of do-overs! But it’s important for parents to take bullying seriously. How often have we heard adults say, “Bullying is just a part of growing up”? Too often bullying is confused with teasing or needling. They are two very different things.
Bullying, of course, is nothing new. But, some aspects of bullying have changed over the years. Specifically, bullying doesn’t just occur on school grounds, but also online.
Bullying Is . . .
Bullying is a form of aggressive behavior in which someone intentionally and repeatedly causes another person injury or discomfort. Bullying can take the form of physical contact, verbal assaults, or more subtle actions that can occur online.
Studies indicate that while both genders engage in all of forms of bullying, boys are more likely to bully utilizing physical aggression and taunting while girls are more like to bully with manipulation, social exclusion, or with rumor spreading.
Bullying has damaging and sometimes long-term mental health consequences for all those involved. Bullying should no longer be dismissed as a rite of passage. If your son or daughter is the one who is causing another student distress, it is important to respond quickly. These tips will help you to intervene if your child or teen is engaging in bullying behaviors.