Bullying means use of force, or threat, abuse, aggressively dominate or intimidate another human being. The behaviour is often repeated and habitual. Bullying practice can develop in any context in which humans interact with each other. This may include school, family, workplace, home, or even neighbourhoods. Social media is the maid platform where bullying culture takes place. Many kids have been teased by a sibling or a friend at some point in their life. And it's not usually harmful when done in a playful and a friendly way. But when it becomes hurtful, unkind it crosses the line into bullying and needs to stop. It is important to take bullying seriously and not just lethargically, something that kids have to face out alone. The effects can be serious and affect kids' sense of safety and self-worth. In severe cases, bullying has contributed to events, such as suicides, school shootings and much more.
If your child tells you about being bullied by their friends, listen calmly and comfort them. Kids often avoid to tell their parent or adults about bullying because they feel its shameful and embarrassing that it's happening, or worry that their parents will be disappointed or upset about it. Sometimes they feel it's their own fault, that if they looked or acted differently it wouldn't be happening with them. Sometimes they fear that if the bully finds out that they told someone about it, it will just get worse. Sometimes they are worried that adults will not believe them or do anything about it. Support your child for doing the right thing by talking to you about it. Remind them that they are not alone. See to that it's the bully who is behaving wrongly not your child. Convince your child that there will be a solution to this problem and that they are not alone in this.
Let someone know about the situation who can control it. Most of the times, they are a position to look after the situation and take steps to prevent further problems. In few cases it's useful to approach the bully's parents. But in most cases, teachers or counsellors are the most suitable options. If you've tried those methods and still want to speak to the bullying child's parents, it's best to do so in a context where a school official, such as a counsellor, can mediate. Most schools have bullying policies and anti-bullying programs. Adding to that, many states have bullying laws and policies that a human can use. Each community has their own rules and laws for bullying, one must find out and start to apply it in real life. Contacting legal authorities can help your child sustain in that place, they will look after them and ensure that they are well protected and are away from such events.