Most children at school have heard of and may have experienced bullying. They may be the victim, the initiator or a bystander.
Even seeing another child bullied can frighten and worry any child. They may simply brush it off with bravado, but there will always be that nagging feeling that they could be next.
As a grandparent you may have more time to begin a conversation about bullying, and help your grandchild come to a deeper understanding of what it is, and how it can be stopped.
Talk about bullying and get it out in the open
Surprisingly, there are some subjects which children are reluctant to talk to their parents about.
That’s where grandparents can play a significant role during difficult times.
Here are some questions to begin the conversation
What does a bully look like?
How do they make others feel?
How do you feel about bullying?
What does “bullying” mean to you?
Why do you think people bully?
What grown-ups could you talk to if you saw someone else being bullied?
Do you think they would do the right thing, and stop it?
Have you ever felt scared to go to school because you were afraid of being bullying?
What do you think parents can do to help stop bullying?
Have you ever been left out of a game on purpose?
Have any of your friends?
Is that a type of bullying? Why or why not?
What do you usually do when you see bullying going on?
Do you ever see kids at your school being bullied by other kids? How does it make you feel?
Have you ever tried to help someone who is being bullied? What happened? What would you do if it happens again?
For more great tips visit Stop Bullying or talk to your grandchild’s teacher for more information about what their school is doing to combat bullying.
Astro’s Down in the Dumps
Astro’s Down in the Dumps is a great children’s book created to help build resilience in children. Its full color illustrations and story completely written in rhyme gives children six skills they can use to help lift their mood, and cheer themselves up. This book is aimed at children aged 8 years and up, but can also be read to younger children. It’s the sort of book which children will go back to over and over again.