Nothing can be more frustrating and heartbreaking than hearing that your child is being bullied at school. It can be even harder to hear and accept that your child is the one doing the bullying. Rest assured that bullying isn’t something new to schools and if your child is the victim or the culprit, you are not alone. Many parents have been faced with the same challenge and bullying (and the emotional effects thereof) can be addressed and worked through. Teachers and students bear witness to bullying on a daily basis and it is your job as parent to ensure that your child is learning and developing in a school system and environment that doesn’t turn a blind eye to such behaviour.
At School of Transformation, we pay attention to bullying and address the behaviour as soon as it happens. A large part of bullying amongst children is about trying to quickly solve social problems without having to communicate. It is important to teach children that problems can be worked out, through clear and mutually respectful communication. With the guidance and example of our team, children can learn how to interact socially in an acceptable manner.
Bullying in the school environment can be particularly stressful to children and parents. School bullying takes on many shapes and forms and can involve physical, sexually inappropriate, verbal and emotional interactions. At first you might not even know that your child is being bullied. You might not even be aware that your child is bullying other children. There are signs to look out for and of course action should be taken immediately to ensure that the bullying behaviour is stopped.
At School of Transformation we handle bullying at school in the following ways:
- Monitor play ground activities and interactions.
- Act immediately if a student or parent complains.
- Have frequent anti-bully assemblies where we explain what bullying is and the consequences thereof.
- Communicate with students on the same social media platforms.
- Deal with bullying in its slightest form – e.g. in the case of name calling, the student must apologise to parents of victim directly.
- Involve school councillor to assist both the victim and culprit.
- Create an environment where a student has the confidence to report an incident.
- Creativity – we host anti-bullying weeks/ days where children are required to participate.
Not sure if your child is being bullied at school? Below are a few warning signs to look out for:
- Unexplained physical injuries.
- Your child fakes illness or complains or a headache or tummy aches often.
- Your child suddenly becomes withdrawn or overly clingy.
- Significant drop in grades or lack of concentration at school.
- Difficulty sleeping or even frequent nightmares.
- Damaged or missing books, clothes, electronics and similar.
- Change in eating habits or appetite.
These are just a few of the signs of being bullied – there are many more to look out for and we would be happy to provide you with more information, advice and guidance on how to handle bullying. For a free assessment, to learn more about the School or Transformation or to enrol, contact us at School of Transformation today.