Bullying is a serious and unfortunately common issue that affects many teens. It is a form of emotional abuse that can have far-reaching effects on the victim’s life. As soon as you become aware of a bullying situation, you need to take appropriate steps to deal with the issue. This may include contacting the school or reaching out to authorities to discuss criminal charges. Once the immediate situation has been addressed, be aware that your child may have lingering effects from the events that require your attention.
Discuss the Situation Openly
One of the most important steps that you can take to help your child overcome the effects of bullying is to open a conversation about it. This conversation may be one long heart-to-heart, but most often, it is a long series of conversations. You may notice that your child is increasingly able to open up to you about the situation, and you can work with your child as he or she explores feelings about the events.