I recently watched this video about a twelve-year-old being bullied on the bus. The child in question didn’t tell his mom what happened, but she found out from other parents later that day. No one else on the bus stood up for her kid or helped him out, but one of the kids did capture the bullying on video.
Even though my child is four, it had me thinking about when she’s school-aged and potentially in a similar situation. If she witnesses bullying my hope is that she would feel empowered enough to stand up for the child in trouble, and if she’s the kid being bullied I hope she feels confident enough to tell me about it.
How are you talking to your kid about standing up for themselves — and for others? — Meg
This isn’t the first time we’ve discussed bullying on Offbeat Mama — you can see our archive here.