Students come to Christa McAuliffe Academy of Arts and Sciences for a myriad of reasons, but one we’ve increasingly heard in the past several years is students seeking out a personalized online education to escape from bullying. Bullying in school can dramatically affect the emotional, psychological, and even physical well-being of a student. Oftentimes, parents of students being bullied say they didn’t know it was even happening until the bullying reached an untenable level. This is because students being bullied often feel ashamed, and therefore don’t talk about it. In their helpful video entitled “Signs Your Child is Being Bullied,” @GreatSchools discusses the three signs parents should watch out for.
The first sign parents should watch out for is a child not wanting to go to school. Of course, lots of students may complain about going to school, but if a student begins making regular excuses or complaints of illness to avoid going, consider they may be getting bullied.
The second sign is having your child coming home often with scrapes and bruises. Unless they’re on a new sports team or are naturally injury-prone, this could indicate bullying.
Finally, notice if your child is racing home to go to the bathroom. 60% of bullying takes place in the bathroom, so victims will often avoid going as much as possible.
According to @GreatSchools, there are things parents can do if they discover their child is being bullied. First, when talking to your child about bullying, try to ask questions using a gentle, curious tone. Children are more likely to open up when they don’t feel they’re being accused of something. If your child won’t open up to you, find another trusted adult. Don’t take this personally; your child may look up to you so much that he/she is terrified of letting you down by telling you something is wrong. Finally, help build your child’s confidence and ability to handle the situation by coming up with witty, non-confrontational comebacks. For example, if your child gets called a specific name, fashion a response that shows poise and maybe even humor. Anger or vitriol will only spur a bully on further.
Here at CMASAS, we celebrate each student’s unique genius, and believe no child should have to endure being bullied. We hope you find these tips helpful, and invite you to continue the conversation down below!
How many of you have turned to online school because of bullying?