“A person’s a person, no matter how small.” – Dr. Seuss
I work with children and have experienced many serious situations. I want to share this with all of you in hopes that we can put a stop to bullying some day! I sent this to my staff last summer. I added some new comments throughout.
Bullying is very serious and should not be taken lightly. If you see, hear, or even think a child is bullying or being bullied, please put a stop to it. We must write it up; we have a zero tolerance for bullying.
Children being bullied do not always come forward to an adult for help. More often than not, they feel helpless and afraid, sometimes they are too embarrassed, to come to us. Approach the situation with a level-head.
It is a heartbreaking situation and it needs to be addressed before it gets out of control.
No one “deserves” to be picked on regardless of their behavior. Can you believe that someone, an adult, actually said the child deserved it?
Signs to look for if a child is being bullied:
- Sudden lack of interest
- Avoidance of social situations
- Faking being sick, frequent stomach-aches, crying to be picked up
- Self-destructive behaviors, such as: running away, lashing out, anything that causes self-harm, or talking about hurting themselves.
If you notice any of these signs or any other signs of abuse, please take the time to pull the child aside and talk to them. Let the child know that you are there for them and want to help.
It is just as important to know some of the signs of a child that is being a bully:
- They have friends who bully others (often they just want to fit in)
- The child is aggressive
- The child gets into verbal and/or physical fights (which is not tolerated at all)
- They worry about their popularity
There are many other signs to look for, but these are the signs that most pertain to us and our programs.
Remember, we are all making a positive difference in these children’s lives. They are learning as they grow. We can help create a much better, safer place for everyone by teaching them empathy and responsibility.