Arming Your Child Against Youth Intimidation

There is almost nothing more frightening to a child then to be faced with the intimidation of another youngster, no matter what the age of either the victim or the intimidator. Added to this, there is nothing more frustrating for parents to have to deal with either, as there is no easy solution.

Here are a few suggestions on how you can prepare your kids for this type of circumstance. Also, it is important that you not only have a plan for your kids to follow, but one for yourself as parents. If the children feel that you have no viable solutions for the problem of bullying then it just becomes all the more terrifying.

1.  First thing you need to do is form an organization at the School. This should be a place where kids can come together to talk about bullying and what can be done about it. Even just knowing that they have some place that they can gather together provides a safe haven for them. As parents this group will also provide you with a wealth of information about what is happening in the school atmosphere as far as bullying goings. The key is to watch and listen, more so then speaking.

2. Keeping open communication between kids and adults when it comes to bullying is crucial. A child has to know they can trust the adult with anything they disclose, and that the adult is not going to become aggressive in the situation which could lead to worse consequences for the child.

3. Involve law enforcement in the School right from the beginning of the School year. Intimidation by bullies can only run rampant if there are no controls in place. A Police involvement by way of making their presence known through group meetings and school assemblies will often act as a deterrent.

4. Never dismiss your child’s concerns. What may seem like nothing to you could be major to the youngster. Something as simple as name calling can be most distressing. Not only that, this is how bullies escalate into becoming more aggressive when they can get away with the little things.

5. Watch for the warning signs. If you start to notice your youngster all of a sudden doesn’t want to go to school, or is skipping certain classes, then get to the bottom of the problem. The automatic response to this type of situation is to punish the child, but there could be a underlying bullying problem. If you find all of a sudden your child is losing things that are important to him, like his MP3 player, favorite discs or clothing for example, then there is a chance he could be being extorted. The same goes for money.

These are just a few steps that you as parents can take to help your child through what could be some very trying times for him or her.

This post was written by Lior who works for Milk Nursingwear, a company that sells maternity belly bands, nursing camisoles and many more nursing clothes.

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