Bullying incidents are becoming more and more frequent these days. Stats show that 28% of the children aged 12-18 are reported being bullied in the school years. Wondering if your kids are being bullied?
Here are some common symptoms which indicate that a child is being bullied at school:
- They make excuses to take leave from school. They report headaches, stomach aches or say they are feeling ill but there is no medical reason.
- They face problems in sleeping and have nightmares.
- They show little interest in playing and hanging out with children and avoid social situations.
- Their grades decline.
- They start eating less and get irritated very often.
And there are many short-term as well as long-term effects of bullying on the child. Some of them are:
- 1 out of 10 children drops out of school because of bullying.
- Bullying affects the child mentally and makes it difficult to retain information, which causes a decline in the child’s performance.
- Bullying makes it difficult for the child to trust people. The child may face major trust issues in interpersonal relationships later in life.
- Bullying often leads to depression.
Here are some keys to home-grow confidence in children recovering from bullying:
- Transform your home as a safe place where encouraging words boost the child’s confidence every day. Avoid criticism as well as negative words and thoughts and boost your child with happiness and relief.
- Build a strong family bond; it will give the child a sense of belonging. Having a strong relationship with parents and siblings will make the peer’s opinion less significant and the child won’t assess his self-worth on the basis of a peer’s approval. Homeschooling helps to accomplish this, as the child spends more and more time with family thereby developing a strong bond.
- Always encourage your child to learn new things and give positive feedback on his/her efforts this will play a big role in boosting the child’s confidence.
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