Learning that your kindergartner is being bullied in school can come as a huge shock, particularly if your child has never had any problems with acceptance from their peers before this incident came to light. But once you learn that they are being bullied, what should you do to help your kindergartner overcome the bullying?
Many schools take a hard line when it comes to bullying. Kindergarten is no exception. Even if your child’s teachers are aware of what is going on in school and have already taken preliminary steps to put an end to the bullying, do not assume that the problem is as good as resolved. Parents must keep in mind that their 5-year-old needs their full support in order to overcome bullying. They will not be able to cope alone at their young age, nor should they be expected to.
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Parents should consult their child’s teachers, if they have not already done so, and arrange to have a meeting where they will be able to discuss what has been happening in school and what steps have already been taken to bring an end to the bullying. Some teachers refer troublesome children to the headteacher (principal) for correction, while others register them in life skills classes, where they will be able to learn from their errors so that they can overcome their tendency to bully other children before it escalates any further.
Whatever course of action the school takes to deal with the problem of bullying, parents should not feel afraid to keep pressing the issue, especially if their kindergartner is continuing to come home with bruises and complaining of further incidents of bullying. Their main concern is getting to the root of the bullying inside and outside the classroom and making sure that their child can go to school worry-free without having to worry about the classroom bully making their life uncomfortable. Parents should also communicate openly with their child and let them know that they are doing all they can to help them and to never keep any further incidents of bullying to themselves.
Bullying is a significant issue at any age. Kindergartners who are already the subjects of the classroom bully can be helped to overcome bullying if their parents and teachers work closely together to stop the problem behaviour before it gets any worse. Infant offenders who are taught early on that bullying, in all its forms, is unacceptable can make progress and stop bullying other children before they become hardened and bullying develops into a normal part of their lives.