Bullying is when someone deliberately and repeatedly upsets, frightens, threatens or hurts someone else or their property, reputation or friendships. Bullying can cause teens alike to develop problematic behaviour and thinking, particularly the kind that can lead a teen to feel less valuable to others and feel sadder in general.
Bullies might make fun of others for many things, including:
appearance (how someone looks)
behaviour (how someone acts)
race or religion
social status (whether someone is popular)
sexual identity (like being gay, lesbian, or transgender)
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Keep a lookout for some of the following signs of Bullying in your teenager:
Unexplained cuts, scratches, or bruises
Missing, damaged, or torn belongings
Loss of appetite or changes in appetite
Frequent stomachaches, headaches, or other physical complaints
Trying to get out of going to school or after-school activities
Reduced interest in school, or poor grades
Seeming sad, moody, or depressed, especially after school
Exhibiting anxious behaviours
Withdrawing from friends and social activities.
If you notice recurring instances of a few of these symptoms in your teenager, we at Skooc recommend a formal evaluation.
At Skooc, we help you better understand what you and your teenager are going through. Be aware that sometimes a teenager may not show any sign that they are being bullied. To stay tuned in to what is going with your teen in school, talk to them regularly. Unlike the occasional argument, shouting match or scuffle, bullying happens repeatedly. It is not an isolated event. Bullying can be verbal bullying, bullying behind someone’s back, physical bullying or cyberbullying. It can be physical (shoving, punching, kicking) or verbal (name-calling, gossiping, spreading rumours), and it can also happen through social media such as Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.
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Next Steps and Intervention
Our team of professional psychologists at Skooc can help you and your family by providing the necessary interventions. There are ways to help teens cope with the effects of bullying.
Counselling – Helping a teen open up about their experiences is the first step. If parents can’t do so effectively, usually it is a counsellor’s job to attempt to gain a teen’s trust and help them figure out an effective way to deal with the situation. Therapy can help your teen speak up about their experiences without fear of repercussion.
Talk Therapy – Talk therapy can help your teen understand that their negative feelings are unwanted and detrimental and can help them build the strength and emotional resilience to reject negative thoughts, embrace healthy coping mechanisms, and take up behaviour that can help them build a sense of self and greater self-esteem.
Social Skills Training – Learning how to interact with others, especially in stressful situations, is important. Teens must learn to be empathic and respectful, but also to be confident in themselves and their ability to resolve conflicts, even when failing to do so. Not everyone can be talked out of being a bully, and there are times when bullying is unavoidable, so it’s important to have friends to call upon for support and help.
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