01/7Is your child a bully?
Hearing your child getting bullied or picked on is something no parent wants. But, what do you do when you find out that your own child is a bully?
Growing up, children play and get picked on, or made fun of by other children. It’s almost dismissed as natural. However, it doesn’t take a while for the picking and mocking to turn into bullying, which can have extreme repercussions, almost impacting a child’s confidence and self-esteem.
02/7Spot these signs of trouble
Even though all parents try to instil the best values in their children, it can be painful seeing your child bullying someone. It’s also unpleasant to hear other parents or a teacher come up to you and tell you about the same. Hence, if you see any signs of bullying, you should stop it before it gets too late. Here are the warning signs you should look out for in your children:
03/7Are they around aggressive or rash friends?
When kids are growing up, it’s important for them to be surrounded by the right kind of influence, including the friends they make. If they have positive role models, they are likely to mimic or pick up the same habits as the others and vice versa. Sometimes, bullying or mocking tendencies can be picked on by kids when they see other friends do it, or show similar behaviour and deem it acceptable. Hence, as a parent, you should be cautious and watchful about who they are friends with.
You should also be on the lookout if your kid tends to exhibit similar behaviour towards their siblings too. If they are aggressive, it points to bullying behaviour and needs to be attended to at once.
04/7Are they getting into trouble at school repeatedly?
Parents, if you get regular calls from the school about complaints of your child getting in trouble, it can be a sign that your child is exhibiting irrational or giving into impulsive behaviour. Sometimes, the kids who get punished at school do it out of spite or need of attention from teachers or other kids, especially when he or she hasn’t been successful getting it any other way.
05/7Were they a victim of bullying in the past?
It might not always be the case that your child’s bullying habits stem from his behaviour. Often, children who have been bullied in the past or picked on, bully others so as to gain control and justify what happened with them. It can be hard to spot the signs, but you have to try for ways to encourage your child to talk and have an open conversation. It’s equally important to teach them to instil them to spot the signs of bullying themselves and look for love and support.
06/7Are they sleeping well?
There is a growing link between sleep disorders and aggressive tendencies. When you don’t sleep well, it can interfere with your decision making and cognitive skills and the same can happen with children. A study conducted by the University of Michigan, in 2011, found that children with sleep problems are twice as likely to exhibit bullying tendencies than the ones who reported having good sleep.
Growing children need a minimum of 8-9 hours of sleep every day and if they face trouble, or exhibit sleep-related problems, it can make them behave in an aggressive or unwelcome manner.
07/7How much time are they spending online?
There’s more than one reason why parents should be concerned about how long kids have access to content on the internet. Not only there is a risk of cyberbullying, the internet can also give the kids an option to mask their identity and say things anonymously, which might otherwise not be allowed. If kids spend a lot of time playing games or watching violent content, it can also play with their emotional health.