Stress and children
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Children can be subject to many sources of stress. First of all, stress can come because the child does not have control over a situation (for example when parents are arguing or worse, are separating). Then, they may have difficulties in managing an unexpected or new situation (the absent teacher, another adult takes care of him/her, etc.). Finally, children may also feel threatened. They may have difficulty answering a question in front of the class, afraid to ridicule themselves in front of others, or fed up with mockery or fights that would become too repetitive.
Parents can be counseled to talk to their children without minimizing the emotions they feel. In addition, you have to support them as much as possible during this period and try to find solutions or tools with them, to cope with these stressful situations. Finally, quiet activities or sports are also a great way to forget stress a little.
School is generally the primary source of stress. Scientists have shown that only 26% of students say they are not stressed at all (48% are somewhat stressed, 18% are quite stressed and 6% are very stressed). In addition, these same scientists showed that the more the students are stressed, the greater the risks are to suffer from headaches, have difficulty in falling asleep and feel anger or sadness. This stress can be generated by the pressure to succeed in school. Many parents may unintentionally encourage their child to work harder to get better grades. Finally, the child may be stressed at school for other reasons (a difficult relationship with a teacher that you find a little too harsh or experiencing difficulties making friends).
Harassment at school
1 in 10 children will be the victim of harassment at school or high school. This concerns everyone, children, teachers, educators and parents. Also, children who are victims will have sequelae for a very long time. As much as this ordeal can harden some people, unfortunately, some victims can face mood problems as adults (Anxiety or depression).
Harassment is, by definition, a repetition of violence that can take many forms: verbal, physical, or psychological. At school, bullying is often done against several people, which makes it harder for them to defend themselves. Unfortunately, child victims of bullying are the targets of others for reasons that are as wide as they are incomprehensible: gender, appearance (height, weight, clothing), difficulties in school, good student, disability, or because the child has different beliefs or interests.
Finally, the behavior of stalkers shows that something is wrong with them.
These ones may have difficulties in their family, where some members may be violent (physically or verbally). A child who receives a slap for having responded poorly to one of his parents, can say more easily that a classmate also “deserves” one for making an annoying remark.
Whether you are a victim or a harasser, talk to a trusted adult, or contact the telephone support platforms.