Bullying and Gifted Children

Karen Fryer, Teresa Olson, Diann Eakin, Katharine Rule

Bullying Statistic

According to the PTA, only 50% of parents surveyed said they view bullying as a problem. In contrast, 75% of children stated they have experienced bullying during their school career.

What is Bullying?

Bullying is a situation that involves an imbalance of power with repetitive unfavorable actions directed towards another person. This has a major impact upon gifted students, because they are aware that they are different. They also tend to be highly sensitive.
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How Bullying Impacts Your Gifted Child.

  • They see their academic gifts as flaws.
  • Some children may hide their giftedness.
  • They might try to fix the situation, rather than seeking help.
  • Bullied children will become self-critical and feel that if they were more "perfect" they might be able to prevent the bullying.
  • Some students lose interest in school. They might not see a point in working hard in school, as this only brings them more trouble.
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Help Your Gifted Student Tackle Bullying

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Making Contact With Your Child's School

  • Don't be afraid to contact your child's school. Set up an open line of communication between teachers, counselors, and yourself
  • Schedule a meeting to check on your child's social development.
  • Come with a plan. Be prepared to ask questions and possibly provide solutions.
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Strategies That Will Empower Your Child

  • Recognize your child's personal successes.
  • Emphasize their strengths and talents.
  • Develop an awareness of personal strengths and weaknesses.
  • Bibliotherapy- Provide books with strong characters that work through personal struggles.
  • Assist your child in finding peers with similar interests.
  • Contact your child's school counselor for suggestions on Mentoring Programs.
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Strategies for Teaching Social Intelligence

  • Set a good example for appropriate social interaction in the home.
  • Discuss with your child the way the social world works. and the way people interact with each other.
  • Teach ways to manage stress.
  • Arrange for your child to attend nonacademic activities. ie... Lacrosse, soccer, chess club
  • Model adaptive behaviors.
  • Model how to react when peers tease, name call, or bully. Also, model when to seek help.
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