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Sadly, bullying is extremely commonplace, in fact some research indicates as many as 25% of children are bullied at some point. This doesn’t mean, however, that it should be tolerated. The negative effects include, amongst others; emotional damage, increased risk of mental health issues, and an increased likelihood of truancy. Fortunately there are steps you can take as a parent to help your child deal with bullies, and The Tutoring Center in Columbus would like to offer a few suggestions.

Teach your child about bullying

Understanding why it is that children may bully each other can help your child process any bullying they may have experienced. Make sure they understand that:
They aren’t to blame - bullies simply want to feel powerful or make themselves popular, they have not ‘chosen’ your child because they have done anything wrong.
They can be proud of who they are - focus on instilling positive feeling and self-esteem in your child to help them bolster their confidence.
Asking for help is the right thing to do - your child needs to understand that it is not weak to ask for help dealing with bullying, it’s sensible!
The reasons people bully each other - understanding that bullies are usually acting as they are due to feelings of low self-esteem, problems at home, or even jealousy can really help put things into perspective.
They should react to bullying sensibly - the best thing to do if they have the option is simply to ignore them, walk away, and report the incident to an adult.
Bullying won’t last forever - it may seem as though it will, but if your child doesn’t provide the bully with the reactions they’re looking for and simply ignores them, it’s very likely that they will stop.


Cyberbullying is a relatively new phenomenon, but can have extremely unpleasant effects. The best thing to do if your child is experiencing cyberbullying is to talk to them about restricting their use of whichever social network or website it is that they are experiencing bullying on. If the cyberbullies don’t get any reaction, they are likely to simply stop.

If problems continue...

If a bullying problem continues at school, it’s important that you get in touch with your child’s teacher or even the headteacher and demand that the school help you take steps to deal with it. 

If you find that your child is having trouble in any academic area, remember that The Tutoring Center is here to help. Our staff offer teaching approaches tailored to each students individual learning style, so call (614) 459-0091 if you require tutoring in Columbus. Make sure to read our previous posts for more helpful guides, including preparing perfect packed lunches.


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