Psychological Impact Of Bullying On Children
18 Mar 2015
Is your child being bullied in school? Have you suffered bullying in your life? Are you a bully? Would you like to know how you could change this behavior? Do you still feel strongly about it? Would you like to know more about the psychological effects and how one can face such a situation? Are you interested in knowing about why and what kinds of individuals bully others? Keep reading to know more.
Bullying is a complicated social phenomenon that has far reaching effects on both victims and the bully. In bullying there are no social, economic or even racial absolutes. Anyone can be a victim and anyone can become the abuser thus it is very difficult to pinpoint the risk factors but one of the things that are certain about bullying is that victims often experience long term emotional scaring as a result of these experiences. One or several individuals aggressing on a vulnerable peer primarily to assert control and power generally characterizes bullying.
“Bullying is repeated verbal, physical, social, or psychological aggressive behavior by a person or group directed towards a less powerful person or group that is intended to cause harm, distress or fear.
For Parents/Teachers/Psychologists/Counselors/ Guardians
Bullying can happen to anyone, anytime and anywhere. Children are vulnerable and do not sometimes stand up for themselves fearing the other person for various reasons. Thus it is important and necessary for caregivers, guardians, parents, authorities, counselors, psychologists to attend to signs of bullying and the act itself sooner and treat is an important issue instead of thinking the child will deal wit it on its own.
· To detect bully victimization early, health practitioners, parents, and teachers should consider bullying as a contributory factor when children present repeatedly with sore throats, colds and coughs, nausea, appetite problems, or are worried about going to school.
· Bullying is widespread among primary school children. Many bullies are also victims of bullying. Be sensitive and empathize with them.
· Be empathetic towards children and ensure that children who are bullied receive the counseling support they desperately need.
· The first step for parents is to strengthen communication with your children so that bullying comes up in conversations especially when children are younger. They should feel comfortable telling about their fears and these conversations can be a part of a broader conversation about respecting other people’s opinions and differences.
· Believe your child when they tell you that they are being harassed or bullied.
· Parents and teachers need to tune in subtle changes in child’s behavior, such as not wanting to go to school or seeing more anxious or scared and frightened.
· Parents should be more vigilant to these warning signs if their child falls into of the high-risk groups more likely to be bullied. These include kids who are obese or have disabilities, and lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.
· In schools teachers and counselors should make sure that they make the children fell ok to speak up if they witness someone being bullied.
· Bullying needs to be addressed swiftly and the consequences should include recommendation for counseling for the bullies too. Many bullies have often faced problem of their own and talking about it could help them not displace their pain on others.
· Bullying will probably never stop unless you tell someone about it and if it doesn’t work tell a different person.
· Stay positive and confident and think about positive things. Talk with the person who is bullying you and as them if there is any problem that you might be able to sort out. Make sure you are safe or else take help from a friend.
· If possible, ignore the person who is bullying you. When a person is ignored they often lose interest in continuing the bullying. If that doesn’t work then seek help. Don’t try to get back, its usually never works, other than the trouble you get into.
Bullying in schools is a worldwide problem that can have negative consequences. Children who are bullied can still experience negative effects on their mental and physical health and runs into middle age. It dramatically affects the ability of children and students to progress academically and socially. We need to help our children fight the bullying behavior by teaching them to say a firm NO as well as trusting and standing by them.
Also parents of children who bully need to take necessary steps like protecting their child from facing the consequences of being a bully by defending their bullying behavior or denying its existence. Seeking professional help for helping your child from being a bully is strongly recommended.
This article had information on bullying at its psychosocial impact as well as how to deal with it. You could also use this information to inform others. Psychologists’ at ePsyclinic.com provide counseling/ psychotherapy sessions in case you want professional help. We have many more resources including self-help tools that would help your deal with stress resulting from bullying or any other issue easier.
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