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More Kids Are Getting Ear Surgery to Avoid Being Bullied for 'Bat Ears'

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It is every parent’s worst nightmare: discovering that your child has been bullied.

There is the sense of helplessness and that dreaded feeling of seeing them hurt, targeted or intentionally isolated. It is no secret there are endless physical and emotional effects of bullying.

An eight year old girl in the UK with protruding ears was bullied so much she wet herself and stopped eating, while a six year old boy in the US had surgery to correct protruding ears after being bullied.

These examples highlight just what some children go through, simply for looking a little different. Children aged 6 and 8 are far, far too young to have such troubles to deal with.

It is a sad fact, but children are picked on for any number of reasons. Physical appearance is one of the major sources of schoolyard bullying, including protruding or big ears.

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But what else can we do to keep our children safe?

Practice confidence and self esteem building techniques.

Did Australian cricket legend Adam Gilchrist, movie superstars Will Smith and Kirsten Stewart and former US President Barack Obama let their protruding ears stop them pursuing their dreams? No way!

Practice saying statements such as “Yes, my ears stick out. So? Whatever!”

This type of statement can shut down bullying before it even begins. Why would a bully bother someone who clearly doesn’t care at whatever they are being targeted for?

Talk to your kids.

Encourage your kids to talk about their day - in the car ride home from school, at dinner, or after homework. Talking to them in depth and giving them your full attention will let them know they can confide in you, whatever is happening in their life.

Teach them positive habits from early on

Let’s face it - everyone has yelled at another driver while driving. It is not exactly model behaviour and when you brush it off, you are sub-consciously letting your children know this kind of thing is OK. And it’s not.

You can also talk about accepting difference and diversity, and teach them that every single person in this world is different and special in some way. A difference is no reason to be unkind to another child, and speak to your child about how it might feel if they were being bullied.

Encourage them to reach out

According to Psychology Today, a bully derives their power over a victim by creating social isolation and powerlessness. Encourage children to tell you if they are being bullied, as this can reduce the sense of power that a bully have, giving the victim some control over their situation. The more we spread the word about bullying, the less kids will become victims.

Get support where you can

The worst thing you can do for your child is take no action. Speak to their teachers and any other adults in their lives about why they are being bullied. Speak to everyone you can about what is going on in our child's life, as this will help you work out what steps to take from here.

Perhaps it could be as simple as speaking to their teacher about the classroom dynamics, and asking them to make changes to group situations; or some a little more complex, such as moving them to another class at school or at an activity. Limit social media use and educate them about only connecting with people they know.

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