It can be hard to tell if your kid is a bully. Bullying is a growing epidemic, with one in four kids being bullied across the world. Here’s what to be on the lookout for:
Your kid is a bully if…
He justifies bad behaviour
Your kid is a bully if he or she attempts to shift blame to the victim rather than him or herself. Bullies fail to recognise their actions might be contributing to a problem. Kids that bully others feel justified by treating others badly since their own emotions tend to escalate in intensity.
They have aggressive friends
Bullies often don’t have a shortage of friends. In fact, they often have a network of friends that encourages their bad behaviour. If your kid’s friends seem to mean towards others, or if they engage in some other type of bullying, your kid might well be part of that bullying trend.
She gets into trouble at school
Your kid’s behaviour at school is obviously a tell-tale sign of what they get up to when you’re not around. So it makes sense to take whatever the school says to heart. If your kid is frequently getting into trouble at school, it might be a serious cause for concern.
Your kid has behavioural problems
Some behaviours, if elevated, tend to correlate with bullying. If your kid is hot-tempered, easily frustrated, impulsive, prone to fighting, and lacks empathy toward others, he has a higher risk of becoming a bully. Some kids even brag about how they handle conflict with fighting.
They act aggressively toward their siblings
If you have more than one child, it’s wise to monitor how they’re treating each other. If your child displays aggression towards other siblings, it’s likely that he or she is also aggressive towards their peers.
They’re intolerant toward kids who are different
Some kids show a lack of ability or willingness to accept kids that are different. This is true for a lot of situations like ethnics, gender, disabilities, and sexual orientation. In an attempt to exert some control over these differences, bullies might engage in name-calling, sending harsh text messages, and physical fighting. It’s important for parents to nurture empathy and create opportunities for their child to do good in the world. Reward them for the positive steps they take in life.