Bullying is when someone deliberately and repeatedly upsets, frightens, threatens or hurts someone else or their property, reputation or friendships.
Bullying happens among children in school and can negatively impact their mental health and social skills. Bullying may involve
teasing, saying mean things or calling someone names
deliberately ignoring someone or leaving them out of games or activities, and/or encouraging others to do this
playing nasty jokes or spreading nasty stories
pushing, tripping or hitting someone, or taking or damaging their things
You can be rest assured that at Skooc, you and your family are in good hands.
Here are some warning signs to look out for if you suspect that your child is a victim of bullying.
Is reluctant to go to school or outright refuses to go
Frequently reports headaches, stomach aches or feeling sick, but there appears to be no underlying medical reason.
Has trouble sleeping and talks about the occurrence of frequent nightmares.
Shows little interest in hanging out with friends and tends to avoid social situations.
Comes home with unexplained injuries.
Appears to have a low self-esteem
Prone to shutting themselves in their rooms and sudden irritability
Abnormal eating patterns, where the child sometimes eats less, skips meals, or binge eats.
Sudden decline in grades, lack of interest in school
If you notice recurring instances of a few of these symptoms in your child, we at Skooc recommend a formal evaluation.
At Skooc, we help you better understand what your child is going through. Be aware that sometimes a child may not show any sign that they are being bullied. To stay tuned in to what is going with your child in school, talk to them regularly. Unlike the occasional argument, shouting match or scuffle, bullying happens repeatedly; it is not an isolated event. 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 child by providing the necessary interventions. Knowing that your child is struggling with her thoughts and feelings is an upsetting experience for any parent.
Treatment related to depression and anxiety
This involves tailoring therapy plans according to your child’s age, specific symptoms, family and school situation and overall medical history. This method begins by
Devising a plan to stop the abuse.
Helping your child rebuild their self-esteem.
Teaching them new, constructive thought patterns to help them succeed in the present and plan for the future.
Using psychotherapy (such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) or a combination of medication and therapy can help your child feel and function better.
Psychotherapy is designed to help your child identify, express and manage her feelings about being bullied.
It will also teach her important new skills for overcoming those feelings, rebuilding her self-esteem and feeling optimistic and confident about the future.
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