This is a topic that we know can be very sensitive for many and something no parent ever wants to hear is happening to their child, whether they are autistic or not, school bullying. Sadly, it happens and it is happening more and more in our schools.
Today, while sitting surfing the Internet I came across an article over at CNN.com about autistic kids being bullied more then other kids. Of course my jaw dropped instantly and I became very frustrated with this. These kids are already dealing with enough and now they are becoming a prime target of school bullies.
Bullying is something that we hate hearing about and wish we could put an end to it, but sadly it’s harder said then done. With autistic kids becoming a huge target, we wish we could put an end to it even more even faster.
What are the school systems doing to help prevent this bullying? Yes, many schools have updated their bullying policies, but are they following through with these new policies? It is hard to ever know.
Protecting our kids is very important and teaching them the importance of not bullying is just as important. Whether a child is bullied or bullying, they need to understand what is going on, why it’s happening and how it can be prevented. Our world is changing so quickly that our children are growing up even faster and developing personalities like they see in the media, video games, etc. Bullying has always been around but now it seems more apparent then several years ago.
At the end of the article there was a paragraph that really made my blood boil…
In order to report being bullied, you need to understand when you’re being targeted, for example; in contrast, you also need to understand and effectively deploy harassing social information in order to be a bully — things that autistic children generally cannot do.
If a child is unable to report being bullied because they are unable to understand when they’re being targeted, how are they ever supposed to put an end to it? When a child is emotionally and physically showing the signs of bullying, why can’t something be done? No child deserves being bullied and no child should be a bully, but sadly the world won’t work that way.
It is not usually hard to determine that a child is being bullied as how they act changes towards other children that could be bullying them. No child autistic or not, will willingly go play with someone who is bullying them to the extent of hurt and emotional frustration. Monitor it, understand it and listen.
There are two things in this world I will do everything in my power to raise awareness on, Autism and bullying. Has your child ever experienced bullying? How did you deal with it?
Check out the article here: http://www.cnn.com/2012/09/07/health/autistic-kids-bullied-time/