Conflict vs. Bullying


Knowing the difference between bullying and conflict can help you detect whether or not your child is being bullied.

Conflict is a part of everyday life. Learning to handle conflict is an important social skill for children to have. Bullying is not a normal part of everyday life and should be addressed by adults.

Bullying occurs when there is an imbalance of power. It is repetitive intentional actions that hurt, intimidate, or threaten others. It can occur in a number of places: in school, on the bus, and the on the internet. Bullying can also be more than physical aggression. Negative impacts of bullying can extend to academic performance, mental health, self-esteem, and also physical health.

As a parent, it can be difficult to acknowledge that your child is being bullied. Rather than react emotionally, create an action plan which includes talking with your child, supporting your child, learning your rights, and creating a team of support.  There are many resources and interventions available to help you and your child create this plan.

Click here to learn more information about bullying warning signs, effects, tips for parents, and resources for children that can help both you and your child.

LFCS currently teaches anti-bullying through STEP Up in St. Louis County schools. Learn more about this preventative program now.