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“Almost 10 % of children are bullied regularly…” – is your child safe?

Child bullying has existed in neighbourhoods and schools for centuries. One of the unfortunate experiences that mark many childhoods i...

Child bullying has existed in neighbourhoods and schools for centuries. One of the unfortunate experiences that mark many childhoods is bullying. At least 10 percent of children are bullied regularly. Child bullying is a serious problem in schools – and it can be very harmful, long term, to children.

Bullying teaches them to take a certain view of what is normal in relationships with other people, and it can also damage their own self-image in ways that can affect them for life. Children who are bullied can be stunted emotionally and socially, or their schoolwork suffers. In some cases, serious depression and attempted suicide can result.
What is child bullying?
Bullying is basically a form of intimidation or domination toward someone who is perceived as being weaker. It is a way of getting what one wants through some sort of coercion or force. It may be verbal and emotional. And, with the rise of the Internet, there are now instances of children being bullied online through email, social networks and text messaging. For the most part, boys prefer to use physical intimidation tactics in their bullying. Girls, on the other hand, are more likely to use verbal abuse, emotional bullying or belittle others.

Signs of child bullying
  • Becoming withdrawn
  • Showing fear when it is time to go to school
  • Increasing signs of depression
  • Decline in school performance
  • Speaking of another child with fear
  • Noticeable decline in how the child sees him or herself
  • Signs of physical altercations, such as bruises, scrapes and other marks
Verbal or emotional bullying are difficult to notice, but if your child's self esteem and self image are faltering, as well as a reluctance to go to school – this might be a sign. Child bullying behaviour can be a start to problems later in life, especially criminal activity. It can also affect future professional and personal relationships. 

Signs of a bully
  • Views violence positively as the solution to most problems
  • Shows aggression toward adults as well as other children
  • Need to dominate others and control situations
  • Easily frustrated
  • Shows little sympathy to others who are being bullied, or who are having problems
How to help victims of bullying?
First of all, it is a good idea to listen, and be accepting. Let your child know that you are on his or her side – and that the bullying isn't their fault. You go, together, to school authorities to see what can be done. And encourage the child to avoid the child bully, and seek help. A victim must practice being assertive and always encourage your child to be with true friends - bullies are less likely to pick on children who are in a group. – Tinzwei/Online Sources
Derick Matsengarwodzi is a communication consultant, author – and founder of The Aloe Media. An ardent researcher plus media devotee – you can interact with him through Facebook or Follow his authoritative, eloquent, analytical and revealing writing flow on: or

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