Bullying Awareness Month
October is Bullying Prevention Month. This month's goal is to put an end to this form of violence that plagues thousands of boys and girls. To achieve this, it is essential that parents and educators are informed and understand the seriousness of the issue.
Bullying means bullying. It is violent and repetitive behavior by which one or more children intimidate, subjugate and frighten another child, either on or off school property.
According to a federal survey, nearly 20 percent of US high school students reported being bullied at school in the past year.
Many boys and girls suffer this form of violence on a daily basis.
Bullying often leaves long-lasting negative consequences for those who experience it. These effects include depression, increased risk of suicidal thoughts, inhibitions, distress states, anxiety disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, health problems, self-harm, substance abuse, relationship problems, fears, self-esteem problems, and difficulties. to establish relationships of trust.
It must be understood that any boy or girl can be a victim of bullying.
On the other hand, the child who suffers bullying usually feels ashamed and generally hides what is happening to him. For this reason, most parents are slow to notice that their child is being bullied. To avoid this, parents need to be aware of the warning signs that may indicate that the child is being bullied by their peers.
20 Warning signs for parents
- The child is quieter. He tells absolutely nothing, not how he did at school, or what happened in class.
- It is difficult for him to communicate with others and express his emotions.
- He isolates himself and prefers to spend time alone.
- Shows mood swings. Cries more or gets angry more easily.
- He is listless and listless.
- Stop going out with friends. He prefers to stay at home.
- He is unappetizing. Eat less, even if it's your favorite dish.
- Everything seems the same. He shows no enthusiasm for what he used to like.
- He begins to do poorly in school. Get worse grades. He can't concentrate and seems distracted.
- You may have trouble sleeping. You may also have nightmares and wake up with distress in the middle of the night.
- Because of anxiety you may have dizziness, headache or vomiting without physical cause.
- You may have anxiety attacks that can manifest in your body as shortness of breath, shortness of breath, and a racing heart.
- You can have violent behaviors that you did not have before.
- You can make excuses for not going to school.
- Try to avoid any subject related to school. Try your best not to talk about it.
- You may have injuries or injuries that are unexplained and that you don't want to talk about.
- Personal belongings and school supplies may begin to be lost or damaged that the child cannot explain.
- Changes in eating habits, which can range from not eating to eating without stopping.
- Feelings of helplessness and low self-esteem.
- Self-destructive behaviors like hurting yourself or talking about suicide.
4 Erroneous attitudes of parents against bullying
- Minimize the situation. Thinking that bullying is a children's thing and that it doesn't matter much.
- Thinking that it will not happen to your child. Believing that it only happens to strange children or that they have some peculiarity that makes them prone to aggression.
- I suppose that if it happens to your son they will find out immediately because they will tell immediately. Believing that if he doesn't say anything it's because nothing is happening to him.
- Blame the child. Believing that the problem is that your child does not know how to defend himself and that this experience will help him to function better in life.