There are many situations in which a child might find themselves the victim of bullying. If your child is dealing with a head lice infestation and their peers decide to pick on them, it can turn into a bullying situation.
Here’s what parents should consider when it comes to preventing bullying for your child.
In some unfortunate circumstances, a school nurse or teacher might make the situation obvious to your child’s whole classroom, resulting in shame and embarrassment for your child when they find out they have head lice. To combat this, parents could do regular head lice checks on your own children to make sure you catch an outbreak and not the school. If your child is involved in an embarrassing scenario at school, do your best to comfort them and help them see that head lice are not something to be ashamed about. It can happen to anyone, and most likely is, in fact, happening to several children at their same school.
Talk to your child’s teacher about showing care and discretion if your child is missing school for a head lice outbreak. Chances are that several children in the classroom are experiencing the same issue, yet children can be mean and hurtful in this scenario.
It is important to notify the parents of children your child associates with often to determine if their children are also harboring head lice. With that being said, it doesn’t mean that your child needs to be publically humiliated or announced to the whole community that they have head lice. Use your discretion and talk to those who you feel will be sensitive, kind and understanding.
First of all, help your child to understand that having head lice is a normal, common problem. Head lice do not mean that they are dirty, gross or bad. Show them that millions of people catch head lice every year. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention state that up to 12 million children will catch head lice in the United States this year alone.
If your child is experiencing bullying take the following actions:
Check out StopBullying.gov for more helpful information.