Every child, no matter what their size, could potentially experience bullying in their life.
To determine if it’s truly bullying or just teasing ask these questions:
- Do they do it repeatedly on purpose?
- Do they say hurtful things to them when they can’t defend themselves?
- Does it make them uncomfortable to be around them all the time?
- Do they repeatedly take their things or often hit or bump into them?
Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior among children where someone intentionally causes another person discomfort or injury. The behavior may be repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time. Both kids who are bullied and who bully others may have serious, lasting problems.
One of the best ways to stop bullying is to be aware. Talk with your children regularly about their time at school. Ask about their friends, their classes and their day-to-day activities. Notice their body language when they answer and be aware of changes in mood or activities, such as depression, or wanting to stay home from school or games. Bullying can also lead to physical symptoms, such as abdominal pain, vomiting before school or bed-wetting.
Share the comic books below with your kids to help them learn about bullying:
Be Strong Speak Up
For elementary age children:
Proud to be me