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Bullying at School - Part II

Here are some more tips on helping your child cope with bullies in school.


IF your child is getting bullied at school, don't take the matter lightly. Although random incidents of bullying and fistfights are fine, if it gets very repetitive, and if the same child is always picking on your child, it is time you sat up and took notice. Here are some more tips on helping your child cope with bullies in school.


Transport

If your child often gets taunted in the school bus, consider discontinuing the service. Start picking up and dropping your child to school yourself or enrolling your child in a car pool. If the school is not too far, this shouldn't be much of a problem. Also, your child will form close friendships with those in his carpool. If these students are senior to your child, so much the better, because bullies will stay away from children with senior friends!


New School

Sometimes simply changing your child's school may be the answer to the solution. This should however be resorted to only after you have tried speaking to the teacher, and speaking to the parents of the bullies, and encountered uncooperative people. There is no need to expect your little child to undergo the daily beatings and taunts, especially if they don't subside. Your child will only grow up with bad memories of his school, or with severe personality issues. Your child should not have to face, deal with or learn to cope with such violence or hatred at such a young age.

Look at your child from the eyes of the bullies and see what the reason could possibly be. You can react accordingly.


Self Defence Classes

Is your child slight of built? If so, consider enrolling him in self-defence classes. Let the instructor know that your child is being bullied at school, and you would want him to be able to strike back. It is possible that as soon as the bullies know that your child has started Karate or Kung Fu classes, they will start being a little wary of him without him really resorting to any form of physical action.


Appearance

Kruthi Mathani was constantly teased by her classmates. She was in a convent, as was not subject to any violence as such, but she was constantly made fun of. The prime reason for this was her appearance. She wasn't fat or ugly, just very unkempt. Her hair was never really combed, her uniform was constantly dirty, her shoes were stained, and there always seemed to be a few hooks missing from her belt or shirt. The result? Her classmates would sometimes throw pencil shavings in her hair, and other times they would lay bets saying that the loser would have to touch Kruthi. If anyone rubbed against her in the school corridors they would immediately start shouting "Oh yuck, I touched Kruthi!" Naturally such kind of behaviour can be deeply disturbing, and Kruthi detested school. What was surprising was the way her mother sent her to school, looking so untidy.

As a parent, don't neglect your child's appearance. Make sure that she looks clean and well groomed when she leaves the home. If she has more body hair than most, let her start bleaching her moustache at a younger age - especially if she is conscious about it.

Bullying at School - Part I

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S.5 years ago
hi,
I have a 3 3/4 yr old kid and she is pulled around and man handled by friends her age. she gets hit by sticks (which I don't understand why they get in first place). She's pushed around and literally hurt the other day which a sling shot. Those kids have been her best friends since almost 2 years now. I can bet that my girl is a well behaved, small built, doesn't forget her please and thank you courtesies, have extreme concentration in studying and learning and reading book. She doesnt let me know that she is hurt while she is still playing coz she is afraid of losing her friends if she complains. but she cries after play dates that she is hurt. I did try to put a word to the other parent which was not well handled. is it time to change her friend circle? I do plan on putting her in self defense classes. Will that help?

in need of desperate help and advice.

rgds
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hema.5 years ago
complain to the school. talk to the parents of the child that is picking on your child. The child will think twice before saying anything bad to your child.
 
 
 
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Shruti.7 years ago
my daughter always use to complain, when she was returning home from her school bus. there was some child, who use to always bother her. she told me every thing visited the school and complained the teacher about the incident.. few days it was okay but after some days the there was some newer child who was bothering here. then i tought of discountuing the bus service. now i am going daily to drop her and to pickup her from the school......
 
 
 
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bob.7 years ago
u should complain to the school!!
 
 
 
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sue.7 years ago
i agree,

you should complain, no-one likes beeing bulled, and no-one has the right to be bullied....
 
 
 
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Mother Hen.7 years ago
i don't agree with taking a child off the bus if he is bullied. i feel the child who is acting inappropriately should be taken off the bus. perhaps if the bullies parents were inconvienences a bit, they might try and do something about their child's behavior. why should my child be seperated for doing nothing wrong.
 
 
 
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Negin.7 years ago
kids could sometimes be very cruel. my brother used to get bullied at school very much because he was stuttering. i went to those boys who was bulling him and i told them i have heard some boys are bothering my brother, could you please keep an eye on my brother and tell me who is bothering him .believe it or not this worked. i do believe in indirect approach.
 
 
 
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