Secondly, there needs to be a plan of action to stop this bullying. If your child says he or she will handle the social aggression on his or her own, it’s important for your child to communicate what the plan will be, so you can follow up.
If social aggression is getting worse and your child is getting more upset, it is important to speak to the school and make sure a plan is put in place to help your child feel supported. Children do not always want to share what is going on in their lives or have their parents solve their battles for them.
It is important for you to work more as a coach and support system with a clear plan of action and follow-up. It is important that your child has a chance to take care of the bullying on his or her own. However, your child may require additional coping skills and work with a therapist to improve his or her self-esteem.
It may be important for your child to see a therapist if you see your child getting more depressed and isolating away from others. Each child’s response to social aggression and relational bullying is different, so having a mental health professional assess the effects of this type of bullying could be very helpful to your child’s well-being.
Most importantly, there must be action taken when your child is being relationally bullied. Please do not allow this behavior to continue. Provide necessary support and action. If you let it go, looking at “mean girls” or “boys being boys” as a rite of passage, the long-term effects could be heart-breaking.
Written By Danielle Matthew
Originally Appeared In Empowerment Space
Social aggression can have disastrous consequences on a person’s psyche, more so a child’s. That is why this should always be taken seriously, and efforts should be made to deal with it effectively. Because at the end of the day, your child’s mental health, and emotional well-being depend on this.