According to a report, about 50% of LGBT children experience bullying at school. This is a very high figure and is something of great concern. If your child is experiencing bullying, here are the things you should do as a parent.
Know the signs
If you see that your child is having a frequent change of mood, stomach ache, sleepless night, or loss of appetite, then you should be worried. You should as them about their experiences in school and relationships with their friends so that they express themselves. If necessary, you should take your child to counseling to find out reasons for the changes in behavior.
You should take the time to listen to your children. Listen to their stories of being bullied and share your similar stories as well so that they feel that they are not alone. You can also tell about celebrities who have experienced similar situations.
You shouldn’t show any anger about your child’s sexual orientation. You should show sympathy and support. Many LGBT children commit suicide for not getting accepted by family or the community. Be careful not to hurt their feelings.
Inform school authorities
You should inform the school authorities about what your child is experiencing in school. The teachers can talk to the other students and explain why bullying is bad. The teachers can educate the children about LGBT. They must be supportive to LGBT children in case they complain about being bullied in school. You can suggest starting an anti-bullying campaign in school to raise awareness among the children.
You should support your child always and try to understand your child’s feelings. No matter how hard it is for you to accept your child’s sexual orientation, you must show any anger or negative feelings. You must remember that the suicide rate of LGBT children is high. So, your child’s life is in your hands.