Under no circumstances would any responsible parent want to see their kid being bullied. Bullied victims go through a lot of emotional, physical and psychological trauma. Kids can sometimes be mischievous and get involved in lots of activities. In most cases, their parents are not aware. Bullying is one of those activities. But how will you know if your child is the bully inflicting harm on other children?
Mark got a call from his daughter’s school stating she is about to be expelled from school for cyberbullying – sending mean derogative picture messages to a classmate. As he was driving to his daughter’s school, he was thinking how could that be? How can his lovely daughter be that cruel to her classmate? Upon entering the principal’s office, he asked his daughter why she did it, but she could not answer.
Statistics show that 160 000 children skip school because of the fear of being bullied. Parents need to know that bullying is not only physical in this technological era but also presented online. Online bullying is a new trend of bullying where the bully sends mean messages and dirty pictures with comments to a vulnerable kid in the attempt to hurt, ridicule or embarrass the child.
Most kids who bully other children are often after dominance. It is all about power. They love throwing themselves around. Moreover, to some extent, they are the popular ones.
Bullies hold excessive anger and aggression in them, and they think the whole world is against them. Hence, they release this anger by hurting other kids.
Power play emerges in high school when kids marginalize other children they find less adorable and they decide that these kids won’t be a part of any social activity. According to a behavioural expert, ‘as children get older, this behaviour goes from glaring and normal to indirect and manipulative.
In most cases, kids become bullies through peer and social pressure. Since these children do not want to be bullied themselves, they join the bullies to be exempted.
Bullies are difficult to spot. They are charming and often socially well informed and smart.
These are, but a few signs and parents should take a serious look at their children.
Most of the time when parents find out that their kids are bullies as Mark did, they tend to be hurt and aggressive with the situation. Grounding their children and taking all their devices from them. This action would only make the situation worse.
Bullying is wrong in all forms, be it physical or online. Kids must learn empathy and other virtues like kindness, compassion and respect for other children.
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