Bullying isn't discussed as much today as it probably should be. This is perhaps due to the fact that there are many other issues on a parent's mind, like how they are going to teach their children if school is moved back to online learning.
With many children spending more time online, not only is in person bullying still a problem, but bullying on line is even more common.
Any types of bullying that our children are experiencing is cause for concern and needs addressed.
VeryWell Family tells us that there are 6 main types of bullying: 1) physical, most obvious, 2) verbal, name-calling, insults, etc., 3) relational aggression, or emotional bullying, a type of social manipulation where bullies try to hurt peers or sabotage their social standing, 4) cyberbullying, using a phone, other technology using the Internet to bully, 5) sexual bullying, or “repeated, harmful, and humiliating actions that target a person sexually … sexual name-calling, vulgar gestures, uninvited touching,” and 6) prejudicial bullying, using prejudices bullies “have toward people of different races, religions, or sexual orientation.”
All of these types of bullying are cause for serious concern. Have your children experienced any of this?
It is important to understand that often, victims of bullying rise up to become bullies. They have learned to do this. Bullies do not have positive social behavioral skills and are often feeling anxious themselves. Psychology Today says, “those who chronically bully tend to have strained relationships with parents and peers.” This is something, however, that can be changed.
How Holistic Measures Can Assist in Bullying
Remember that when kids suffer from anxiety and depression, changing dietary patterns and certain supplements will be helpful. So therapeutic efforts will likely be more successful when the child’s physiological body, heart, and mind are functioning optimally through diet and supplementation. Also, Sam Adkins, the Homeopathic Coach, uses a novel approach when working with kids who are being bullied. She uses homeopathic remedies, which are often keyed to where a person is experiencing stress in the physical body. For example, one child felt his anxiety in his chest, stating it was in his heart, not his stomach, which is where many people experience it. The homeopathic remedy was directed toward his chest area. And it was effective! Talk therapy is also used in conjunction with remedies, similar to how conventional approaches use talk therapy and medications.
For more information and resources see our parent's resources page or page on Bullying.
For more information on cyber-bullying, view our course, Social Media-Make it Positive!
Dr. Donna Poppendieck (Dr. P) has over 30 years of experience in the mental health care field. She is a seasoned college professor and instructor for providers. She uses credible, proven holistic health strategies in instruction for parents of children with mental health challenges looking for another approach as well as healthcare providers seeking to implement or understand holistic strategies.