As we witness continued bullying in our schools and communities, we must ask ourselves Does Reporting Bullying Make It Worse For The Victim? Sadly, we have to admit that on many occasions, the act of reporting a bullying encounter will indeed create more problems for the victim. We simply have to weigh the odds of potential for improvement in the long run.
DOES REPORTING BULLYING MAKE IT WORSE FOR THE VICTIM?
Reporting Creates Evidence And Protection.
While your child may hesitate to report bullying out of fear, it is the evidence and protection they need. Having any bullying incident documented is a form of protection in itself. Reporting may cause the bully to lash out again, but once there is already proof there it will be much harder for them to get away with it. In school bullying situations, this also creates a way for administration to offer and provide protection to the victim.
Reporting Can Create Additional Bullying.
The old adage that nobody likes a snitch is sadly still true today. Sometimes it is true that reporting a bullying event can lead to the bully attacking again or even in a worse way. If that occurs, it is also often due to the fact that administration at schools are not following through with protection and prevention. Not everything is preventable, and continued or worsening bullying is something that does sadly occur. What we as parents can do is to educate our children on how to handle those situations and how to go to authorities immediately for additional help and documentation.
Education Will Protect And Prevent.
As with every incident of bullying, it has been proven time and again that education will protect and prevent. Educating our children about how to deal with bullies goes a long way toward building confidence victims need. Education for parents and educators helps prevent children from becoming bullies. Education in our communities helps everyone to accept and acknowledge that bullying truly does exist.
While we want to believe that bullying will disappear, we have a long road left to see that happen. Reporting bullying can in some circumstances make it worse for the victim, but typically that is not the case. In fact, it general becomes a way to protect the child who is being bullied. Rather than fear more bullying occurring, we need to continue educating our children, school faculties, parents and communities on the consequences of bullying.
What do you think? Does reporting bullying make it worse for the victim? Even if it does, should we still report it? How can we make it easier on the victim?