As kids grow into teens, it is not uncommon to be confronted with the different roles in bullying: victim, bystander, and bully. Regardless of the profile or the role played, teenagers sometimes find it hard to confide in an adult. However, adult intervention is the key to prevention.
Parents and caregivers must therefore learn to recognize the signs in their youth. Bullying affects emotions, self-esteem, and feelings of safety, and is harmful to development. The consequences of bullying often last over time. So, if your child tells you about a problem that looks like bullying, it's best to act quickly.
Physical : hitting, pushing, restraining, knocking someone down, or otherwise using physical force to harass them.
Psychological or emotional : verbally abusing, making hurtful remarks, insulting, or teasing to harass someone.
Social : excluding or alienating someone from a group, spreading rumors about them, or ignoring them
Discriminatory : harassing someone because of their sexual orientation, ethnicity, gender identity, religious affiliation, or any other characteristic that makes them "different."
Cyberbullying : harassing someone through social media, texting, email, websites, and other digital mediums.
The signs that your teen may be being bullied include:
If you suspect that your adolescent is being bullied, the first thing to do is to try to find out more, without pushing too hard. Ask questions and remain calm and attentive. Let them express themselves without interruption.
Discuss your concerns about bullying. For example, you can ask:
You can consult this article on how to help your child who is being bullied.