In the final post on bullying, I would like to cover some steps parents can take to help prevent their child from becoming, or remaining, a target for bullying. One of the best ways to help arm your child against bullies is to build his or her confidence. Suggest and facilitate extracurricular activities that your child may be interested in. Build his or her self-confidence by playing on his or her talents. If your child is athletic, enter him in a new sport. If your child likes to read, find a book club he can participate in. New extracurricular activities are also a good way for your child to meet new friends outside of the bullying environment. Sometimes this fresh start is just what your child might need to feel better about him or herself.
Lastly, you may need to step back from the situation and evaluate it as objectively as you can. Consider to yourself what qualities your child might have that may be making him a target for bullies. Again, never blame your child, but look critically for a possible explanation. If your child has poor social skills, this might be a cause of the bullying. If your child is hyperactive, overly talkative, or doesn't play well with others, then it might be a good idea to take your child to a counselor in order to better develop his or her social skills and, therefore, reduce the chances that he or she becomes a target for bullies in the future.
Finally, remember to always keep the doors of communication open. Reassure your child that telling you about the bullying was the right thing to do and that you are there to support him or her at all times. Thanks for reading this series!