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Back to school: Our guide to keeping your children safe from bullying


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Cerith Gardiner - published on 09/19/21

Here's how to nip bullying in the bud.

With school back in full swing, issues associated with bullying are raising their heads once more. The problem seems to be compounded by the fact that COVID has had an impact on some children’s mental health.

So to help parents and children get through this tricky period, here’s a helpful guide to bullying and how to overcome the many issues that come with it.

A parent’s response

As a parent, it’s horrible to see your child suffer, especially at the hands of a bully. These days there seem to be even more stress points, so here’s some great advice on how to address them and guide your child as they return to school.

Back-to-school stresses are more damaging for kids today: Here’s how to respond as a parent

Prevention is key

Preventing bullying before it even gets started is obviously ideal. Here are a few pointers for how you can help your child keep bullies at bay.

Preventing bullying and isolation is easier than you think

Papal wisdom

The pontiff has plenty to say when it comes to bullying, and he has some very astute points to make that can stop bullying in its tracks, and help people take responsibility for the roles we all have to play in our society.

10 Wise words from Pope Francis about bullying

Keep the faith

Sadly, a person’s religious beliefs often provides fodder for bullies. It’s often hard for kids to know how to cope with negative comments about a faith they are still growing to love and understand. Here are some great tips to help your children embrace their faith without fear of being teased.

8 Ways to help your children if they’re being teased about their faith

Dealing with the “mean girls”

Girls in particular often have to contend with cliques at school, and this can lead to feelings of inadequacy, isolation, insecurity, and a desire to never return to school. Thankfully, there is a simple way of dealing with these situations that avoids drama and bad feelings.

A brilliant and gentle strategy to combat bullying

Dealing with cyber-bullying

It’s hard enough dealing with physical bullying, but the internet provides a whole new anonymous playground for bullies. Here are some useful apps that can keep your child cyber safe while making the most of the internet.

3Apps to help you keep your kids safe online

Know you’re not alone

The world was disgusted when they saw a young boy who wanted to die rather than face his bullies. This story reminds us that although there are bullies out there, there are plenty more people who value each other, and will offer love and support.

People around the world offer support to bullied 9-year-old begging to die

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