Enrolling your child in a school sport is a great way for your child to develop both motor skills and social skills. Your child will love building the teamwork mentality while developing skills for their favorite sport. Unfortunately, bullying can happen during school sports. As a parent, you can take certain steps to help deal with your child being bullied.
Dealing with Bullying in School Sports
What is Bullying?
Before you can deal with bullying in school sports, you need to know what bullying actually is. Bullying is repeated physical and verbal behavior that causes harm to your child. Anyone can be a bully, including teammates, as well as coaches. If your child feels like they’re being bullied, talk about the reasons behind this. Do a little research and see if what your child is experience fits the definition of bullying. If it does, then you’re ready to solve the problem.
Talk to the Coach
If your child is being bullied during school sports, your first step is to talk to the coach. Your child’s coach is on the front lines, so to speak, so they should be able to directly deal with any bullying behavior if they know what to look for. Let your child’s coach know what’s going on and who is involved so that they have the information they need.
Talk to the School
If talking to the coach doesn’t help the issue, you can talk to the school. Because the sport is offered by the school system, they are supposed to follow the same anti-bullying guidelines that your district has in place. If you feel like the coach isn’t following these policies, then talk to the principal at your child’s school or go directly to the district’s administration office.
Another great way to deal with bullying in school sports is to volunteer. There are a lot of kids involved in a sport, making it harder for coaches to catch negative behavior and deal with it. You can lend a helping hand on your child’s team, allowing more adults to be on the lookout for bullying.
What are some ways you deal with bullying in school sports?