What can I do if my child doesn’t want to talk about being bullied?
Creating a safe space to talk
Most children tend to blame themselves if they have been bullied and think that talking about it will make it worse as you’ll go ‘all guns blazing’ into school or online to sort it out. So reassure your child, as in all aspects of their life, that you are there for them, no matter what, and create an open and healthy space to chat through anything that might be worrying them.
Reassure them that it’s never their fault and bullies must never be allowed to get away with it.
Repeated bullying causes severe emotional harm and can erode a child’s self-esteem and mental health. Whether bullying is verbal, physical, relational, or online the long-term effects are equally harmful.
Learning the warning signs
So it’s time to get savvy and learn the warning signs of cyberbullying, remembering that bullying is always intentional, mean-spirited, & rarely happens only once and there is always a power imbalance. The victim cannot hold their own and will often need adult help.
So talk and teach your child about how to stay safe online and encourage them to come to you if they find themselves feeling out of their depth or distressed.