According to a study conducted recently, it was found that children with multiple siblings are at a higher risk of being bullied in comparison to children with only one sibling.

Parenting tips: How to ensure your child is not bullied

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New Delhi: According to a study conducted recently, it was found that children with multiple siblings are at a higher risk of being bullied in comparison to children with only one sibling. The elder sibling may be the bully, while the younger ones may be the victims of such bullying.

Sibling bullying is defined as psychological, physical or emotional abuse. Hitting, pushing, ignoring the sibling, telling lies about them or to them, spreading rumours about them, etc. all contribute to being a bully to them. Parents, in this case, need to be extremely alert to ensure that the children are not bullied because it can lead to some serious problems in the future. Bullying can result in isolation and also cause the children to slip into depression or have anxiety issues and low self-esteem.

How to ensure your child is not bullied?

Listen

One of the most important factors of ensuring your child grows up in a healthy environment is to listen to them. Children, most often talk about everything a person says or does to them. If you feel that something someone said or did to them can be characterized as bullying, make sure you talk to your child about it and also to the person who is responsible for the same. Checking it on the first instance itself can avoid the growth of the problem and keep your child safe.

Make your child aware

Most parents remember to teach their kids forms of physical abuse like good touch, bad touch and other things but very often do not pay enough attention to signs of mental abuse. As parents, you need to teach your kids that remarks about their height, weight, skin colour, etc. that make them feel bad or negative comments about their talents and calibre may be forms of mental abuse. This will make them resistant to such comments. They also need to be taught the difference between criticism and abuse, since there is just a thin line between the two. READ – Parenting with Love: The most important thing your child needs from you is THIS!

Do not favour a child

Younger siblings often feel that the parents take the elder child’s side. This could stem from the fact that they try to school the younger child by the example of the first child, and the younger one feels that they believe he/she is always wrong. Make sure as parents you are absolutely unbiased and do not favour any one of your children. A little tough love may be an important part of parenting, but it has to be distributed among all children.

Disclaimer: Tips and suggestions mentioned in the article are for general information purposes only and should not be construed as professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor or a professional healthcare provider if you have any specific questions about any medical matter.

 

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