Bullying is not a new issue, nor is it confined to just school as it had been many years ago. Bullies can now gain control over their victims over the internet as well as torment them at school. It isn’t a new issue, as it has existed throughout the generations, however, it is one that is receiving a lot of attention as schools become more aware of the effects of the issue on children and their self-esteem.
Bullying is difficult for any child to endure, and sometimes changes in behavior due to bullying go unnoticed for a time. Parent’s sometimes attribute a reluctance to go to school as simply their child doesn’t feel like going, doesn’t want to take a test/give a presentation, etc. Or they might attribute it to the “moody” teenage years. However, sometimes changes in behavior need to be noticed by parents because they could be a silent cry for help.
Many children are reluctant to tell their parents that they are being bullied at school. It may be due to shame, fear, or worry that their parent’s involvement will only result in severe retaliation. The only way someone can bully or control another is usually through fear. The bully usually sees the victim as inferior is some aspect, and feels they can easily manipulate them.
Worse yet, parents really don’t often know what to do in most cases. You know that something is going on, you want to step in to protect your child, yet your involvement could potentially make things worse. However, running from it isn’t a solution either.
Sometimes, as parents, the best thing we can do for our children is to teach them who they are in Christ, and build their self-esteem. When you are confident in who you are, you are usually less likely to be a target, or if you are, the taunts usually don’t stick. Also, as parents, we shouldn’t encourage overly aggressive behavior in our children either as it can lead to bullying.
In our next issue, we will discuss how to have a conversation with our children on the topic of bullying, and how to help other kids who may be bullied. It will teach you how to put bullying/control into a Christian perspective, and how to build your child’s self-esteem by telling them who they are in Christ. God’s love, and a confident self-concept will help your children be more resilient- and less likely to be a target. It will also help children who are shy, or those who tend not to stand up for themselves to gain confidence. It is teaching your child, in a biblical context, that God made everyone unique for His purpose, and that they shouldn’t be ashamed of who they are because one day, they will do great things for His glory.
This article will equip you with all the tools needed to navigate through this challenging issue and give your children hope.
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