No grandparent wants to find out their grandchild is being bullied. Nothing is more heartbreaking.
In these situations, it is typical for grandparents to feel powerless and deeply worried.
However, there are many things you can do to make a positive impact in this situation.
To get a deeper understanding of bullying we have put together this post.
Bullying is any form of unwanted or aggressive behavior. It mainly happens to school-aged children, but there are now reports detailing severe levels of bullying in the workplace.
The power imbalance
Bullies tend to create a power imbalance with their behavior. This is to say that the victim feels there is little they can do to stop the unwanted behaviour, and they develop feelings of powerlessness and vulnerability.
Kids who bully use their power, such as physical strength, access to embarrassing information, or popularity to control or harm others. Sadly, this is usually a learned behaviour picked up at home or from watching television programs.
Bullying is a behaviour which is repeated over time, or it has the potential to be repeated. One-off instances of bad behaviour is not considered bullying especially by young children.
The bully and the victim may suffer long lasting and quite serious mental problems throughout their lives if it is not addressed properly.
The actions of a bully
There are three types of bullying – verbal, social bullying, and physical bullying.
Verbal abuse where a bully says or writes mean things.
Social bullying, sometimes referred to as relational bullying, involves hurting someone’s reputation or relationships they have with others. This may include splitting up friends or coming between a student and a loved teacher.
Physical bullying involves hurting someone or damaging their possessions.
Here is a list of types of bullying behaviour from Stop Bullying.
Verbal bullying includes:
Inappropriate sexual comments
Threatening to cause harm
Social bullying includes:
Leaving someone out on purpose
Telling other children not to be friends with someone
Spreading rumors about someone
Embarrassing someone in public
Physical bullying includes:
Taking or breaking someone’s things
Making mean or rude hand gestures
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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.