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How to Help Your Elementary Student Deal with Bullying

August 17, 2023

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Bullying is a prevalent issue in schools, and it can be challenging for parents to know how to help their children deal with it. As a private Christian school, King’s Elementary School, Shoreline, WA, is committed to providing a safe and nurturing environment for students to learn and grow. Learn how to help your elementary student deal with bullying. 

Recognize the Signs of Bullying 

The first step in addressing bullying is recognizing the signs. Common signs that your child may be experiencing bullying include a sudden change in behavior, reluctance to go to school, lost or destroyed personal items, and unexplained injuries. If you notice any of these signs, it is important to talk to your child and their teacher. 

Encourage Open Communication 

Encourage your child to talk openly about their experiences at school. Ensure they know they can come to you with any concerns. Listen without judgment and validate their feelings. Let them know that bullying is not their fault and that they are not alone. Don’t overreact or jump into action to defend your child, this can make them clam up and not tell you things. Instead, brainstorm and empower them in ways to change the situation. 

Teach Assertive Skills to Handle Bullying  

Teach your child how to assert themselves in a non-confrontational way. Role-play different scenarios with them and teach them how to respond to bullies with confidence. This can help build their self-esteem and make them less vulnerable to bullying. You can also be proactive and help your child identify safe people to be friends with. Encourage and nurture those friendships by setting up play dates are your home.  

Work with the Elementary School 

King’s Elementary School has a zero-tolerance policy for bullying. If your child is experiencing bullying, work with their teacher and the school administration to address the issue. Schools have resources and programs to help students deal with bullying, so don’t hesitate to reach out for help. 

Model Positive Behavior 

As a parent, you play an essential role in modeling positive behavior for your child. Teach them to treat others with kindness and respect, and to stand up for those who are being bullied. By modeling these behaviors, you can help create a culture of kindness and respect in your home and at school. 

Use Scripture and Prayer 

Prayer and scripture can also be powerful tools in helping your child deal with bullying. Encourage your child to find comfort in prayer and to seek guidance from the Bible. Remind them that they are not alone in their struggles and that God is always with them. Proverbs 3:5-6 says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” Prayer and scripture can provide your child with the strength and resilience to navigate difficult situations like bullying. 

King’s Elementary School is committed to providing a safe and nurturing environment for our students. By recognizing the signs of bullying, encouraging open communication, teaching assertiveness skills, working with the school, and modeling positive behavior, you can help your elementary student deal with bullying in a healthy and constructive way. If you are in the Seattle, WA, area and want your child to learn in a safe and nurturing environment, book a tour today!