According to UNICEF, children aged between 5 and 11 years are most susceptible to physical, emotional as well as sexual harassment. A majority of children refrain from reporting this to anyone. And, the authorities in charge are the likely culprits (school teachers, even parents). If your child is suffering from physical harassment, you must inquire to the bottom of it and take appropriate steps to help them.
How to know whether your child is suffering from physical harassment or bullying?
Bruises on their body
If your child comes home with a bruised face and tells you he got into a fight with some friends, he may or may not be telling you the truth. While you should talk some sense into them and keep them away from fights, you should also not rule out the possibility of a physical harassment.
Physical abuse can make your child emotional, he would find it really difficult to enjoy things. You should always be aware when your child is spending time alone. They often attract depression by overthinking the incidents that happened in school.
When your is afraid to go to school or coaching
Wanting to stay at home and chill is a different thing. But if your child signals fear of going to school, then you should inquire about the reasons for his/her fear. It could be because they didn’t complete the homework or any other normal mistake. But it could also mean someone in the school is bullying them.
If they always stay alerted/afraid and stressed
When you suddenly pat their back and jump like they’ve seen a ghost, it doesn’t always mean it was an obvious human behavior. You need to look for the differences in their behavior, are they always this afraid and stressed? If yes, then something could well be wrong and you should get to the bottom of it.
Reluctance to share information
When a child being bullied, either physically or verbally, he will become secretive and conversation at home. Probably because the bullies intimidate them and threaten them. The child won’t want to make things worse by involving parents.
As parents, you also need to make your actions do not make things worse for your child in school. When you finally get them to talk and find out about it, so approach their teacher and share this information. The teacher will then take appropriate steps without the bullies knowing who gave a tip-off.
You have to be their friend and earn their trust so that they can share everything with you.
You can play with children
Appreciate the child’s good work
Let your kid know you care about them
Have meals with children
Listen to everything they have to say, no matter how unimportant
Make them feel like an important member of the family.
If your child is suffering from physical harassment, then they need your help, whether they ask for it not. There are ways your child can overcome bullies with your help and support.
Children are not comfortable sharing all information with parents. Maybe they won’t tell you they are lagging behind in mathematics. Or they also keep far more crucial information from you, such as bullying. A home tutor becomes their best friend who they can share everything with. Also, your child can learn new skills and hobbies such as dance, guitar, spoken English, or cover academics and score well. All this can be done at your home in front of you.