3 Things you didn’t know About Bullying
October is National Bullying Prevention Month and while most conversations focus on ways to protect children, we rarely discuss the reasons behind the bully’s behavior and ways he can be helped. Sometimes, the kids that are the bullies are struggling with their own social and emotional development, and their only release is to bully another child.
Here are three surprising facts about the so-called “mean” kid:
- Any parent can have a child who bullies. People often assume that these kids come from a family where the parents are always fighting, but there are plenty of kids that come from good home who end up bullying as a way to deal with their own insecurities.
- The parents may not be aware of their child’s behavior at school. Whenever you report bullying to the school administration, ask if the parents will be notified. If the bully’s bad behavior continues, request a face-to-face meeting with the other parents at school so that you have a neutral place to discuss the situation. The parents of the child that has been bullied naturally want the teachers to separate the students to keep them safe, but often he parents of the bully want the same thing once they understand the problem.
- A lot of bullies eventually outgrow their bad behavior. Some may have acted that way because they were part of a group of kids who were bullies or there may have been big stressors that caused them to take their aggression or insecurities out on other children.