Though they are the victims, they often blame themselves rather than the bully. If a child chooses to disclose to an adult, that adult must have proven themselves to be trustworthy on a very high level for the child to disclose a bullying event.
Children who have special needs, have disabilities or behavioral problems are bullied more often than children who do not have any of these issues. If your child falls into this category you may want to meet with the program director to share your child’s special circumstance or need. You may want to evaluate how or if the program has a policy or strategy for helping children with special needs during the summer. You might ask how they will keep your child from being bullied.
No matter what you child’s level of functioning is there is one thing you can do to help keep your child safe. By teaching them to treat everyone kindly and with respect you will be teaching them what to expect from others. When bullying events occur your child should know that it is OK to tell an adult what happened to them or someone else that may have been bullied.
Just as children are told to respect everyone, that same respect should be afforded to them and that respect includes not being bullied while at a summer program or camp. There are many online resources for parents or guardians to review that can help a parent to talk reasonably with their children about bullying.
Some offer what to watch for if you suspect your child has been bullied. Perhaps the best protection against bullying may be a solid relationship with a parent that a child can tell if they are being bullied.
Remember, all kids count.
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