Bullying: Parents Can End The Child-on-Child Abuse!

In this technology-based era, bullying often happens on social networking sites, in the classroom, at recess, in the cafeteria, and even right in front of you. There are many children who do not fully comprehend their feelings of anger, jealousy, hatred, or sadness and will lash out in any way that seems to release their frustrations.

Kids often bring learned behaviors to school, it is crucial that you ask yourself: Is there a way you can help them?

It is essential for parents to be aware of their child’s school life, and to know the signs of abuse such as: sudden depression, unstable emotions, lack of appetite, sudden loss of clothes,  lack of usual energy, sudden illness to avoid going to school, and visible marks on body. It is also crucial for parents to discuss with their children what to do when they are being bullied, such as: telling a trusted adult, join a support group, and to never remain quiet about the problem because it only builds anger, which may lead to retaliation and continue the cycle of abuse!

If you suspect, or are aware that your child is being bullied, I ask that you do not remain quiet about it. By talking to your child and preparing them mentally on how to handle such situations, you may end up saving their life, and be one step further to ending the vicious cycle. Also, check out www.pacerkidsagainstbullying.org/with your child, and help to end the child-on-child violence as well as http://dmh.mo.gov/docs/mentalillness/womenanger.pdf , a PDF discussing how women can deal with anger, and http://freespirit.com/ , a website with many resources designed for kids and teens who want to learn how to deal with their anger!

 -Jada Winchester, CPPS Intern
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