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6 year old started kindergarten this year and is riding the bus like
a big kid!
he started telling me that an older child on the bus picks on him and
him names. I hate that my son has to deal with kids like this, but
I know that it is a fact of life. I struggle with trying to figure
tell him to handle this bullying behavior. Should he stand up for
he tell the bus driver? What is the best way to handle a bully?
LET THE TEACHERS AND PRINCIPAL NO HE IS BEING BULLYED. KIDS WILL CONTINUE TO PICK ON HIM UNLESS SOMETHING IS DONE. THAT HOW MY MOM HANDLE IT WHEN I WAS IN ELEMENTARY. A FRIEND LEFT A MESSAGE SAYING I WAS GOING TO GET BEAT UP UNLESS I DIDNT SOMETHING. SO MY MOM WENT TO THE PRINCIPAL . I WAS SCARED BUT I NEVER GOT INTO FIGHT AND THE KIDS DIDNT PICK ON ME. ITS WAS ALL GIRLS IN THE PRINCIPALS OFFICE I WAS SCARED BUT HAPPY THAT NO ONE WAS HURT INCLUDING ME. WE TALK AND IT WAS HANDLE. I HOPE THIS HELPS YOU AND YOUR SON HAS A WONDERUFL SCHOOL YEAR.PEACE
I understand what you are going through as a mother. I have been there with my own daughter too. I suggest to take appropriate action as soon as you know something is wrong!
I made the mistake to wait it out and hoped it would go away. My daughter knew that it was not her fault, two wrongs do not make a right, and that bullies really need a hug but show it in funny and sometimes mean ways. My daughter did what I advised and made new friends with nice girls and avoided the mean ones.
The bullies still picked on her, told her that they only had Spanish friends and many other hurtful things. At that point I told her teacher the next day. Her teacher took immediate action and had a sit down with the girls and they all apologized to my daughter. In fact, after the sit down they were friends again.
I learned my lesson that as a parent---I needed to speak up and take responsibility right away. This is why our kids tell us because they need our help. We need to be more dynamic in our approach to protect them.
I would tell the bus driver right away with your son present. Have your son point the bully out and get his name. Important: Keep the discussion to the point and do not make your son out to be a baby or a tattletale. This will let the bully know that no matter the age---his/her parents and principles will be a part of the discussion because he/she is wrong.
From suicide to mimicking bully behavior, kids are affected by bullies, it is our responsibility as adults to point out and address bullies early on. Our kids deserve immediate action. Sometimes kids do not speak up at all or right away so the bullying has been going on much longer than we think.