Building self-esteem is a central component of bullying prevention. With healthy self-esteem, teens will not only be more confident, but will also be able to identify their strengths, and their weaknesses, and continue to feel good about themselves. A healthy self-esteem also helps protect teens from bullying . Bullies are less likely to target children who trust who they are. And if they are objective, their strong self-esteem will help them deal with this problem.
People who bully others are looking for someone to react to their hurtful words or actions. As a result, bullies target teens who are not confident or assertive. But if your teen shrugs off a bully’s verbal attack, ignores it, or just doesn’t show any emotional reaction, the abuser will be less likely to try again.
Promoting healthy self-esteem in your children has other benefits, too. For example, strong self-esteem protects teens from using drugs, alcohol, unhealthy relationships, and so on. Here are ideas on how to build self-esteem in teens and prevent bullying.
SPEND TIME WITH YOUR TEENAGER
When you spend time with your teenagers, you are communicating that they are important to you, so that will help them to have good self-esteem. Also, spending time together will allow you to build a strong relationship. It is the foundation that becomes very important in life as you face more challenges. Children who know that their parents love them with all their heart and unconditionally, will have greater strength in life than those children in which their parents are not in their lives as they should.
RESPECT AND SUPPORT THEIR PASSIONS
When teens have areas of their lives where they feel confident, this attitude will carry over to other areas of life, reducing the likelihood that they will be bullied. Any enjoyable activity that your child excels at will build confidence. Help your teenager build on their strengths and find something they enjoy. So help him pursue these passions.
LET ME MAKE MISTAKES
Encourage your teen to take reasonable risks and try not to protect or rescue him from life’s setbacks. Allow your child to experience setbacks and disappointments without feeling like a failure. Instead, it’s important that you teach him how to learn from situations and move on. Doing so will go a long way toward building resilience.
SHOW YOUR UNCONDITIONAL LOVE
Your teenager needs to know that you love him unconditionally. Don’t be afraid to tell them that you are proud of them, even when they fail. This is not the same as increasing your ego, it should be emphasized that perfection is not important if it is not the hard work and the effort that really matters at all times.
Children who are considered fit, competent, and loved will not feel threatened by differences or the successes of others.
RECOGNIZE THEIR GOOD CHOICES
Parents often correct bad behavior and choices, but then forget to acknowledge the good things their teens do. Children are more likely to believe in themselves and their abilities when they receive positive reinforcement when they do something well. Also, pointing out the positives helps your teen see the world in a more positive light. If you focus only on the negative, then your children will tend to focus or dwell on the negative aspects of the world around them.
If your children feel that they are loved unconditionally, that their home is their refuge and their self-esteem is strong, then they will know that bullying is temporary and that what happens to bullies through their heads, they do not define as person.