Bullying is a sad reality that children face today. There is a substantial increase in psychopathology in both bullied children and those who practice bullying, and an important increase of suicide attempts and completed suicide among the victims of bulling, studies show.

The statement may not apply to the children of expatriates living in Cambodia directly, as according to my experience the international schools offer a services to their students that allow them to identify the issues at the early stage. Additionally, there is a strong alliance between parents and the school.

Children’s health learning and global world perception is influenced by the home and the school. Effective home-school connections are responsible for a child’s balanced development. Furthermore, lifestyle practiced among expat families often allows parents to spend enough time with their offspring and, therefore, be present for them when needed.

Nevertheless, it is important to discuss the problems of the young generation today.  Easy internet access among children is the norm nowadays. Younger children might primarily use internet for gaming, and progressively turn to socialising and chatting as they reach preadolescence. But socialising through the wide network puts pre-teens and teens at risk of cyber victimisation. Direct face-to-face aggressive behaviour which demands a great deal of boldness gave place to indirect, and thus easily applied, assaults via network. Cyber victimisation is associated with a variety of negative outcomes, including low self-esteem, symptoms of anxiety and depression and suicidal ideation.

To address the problems parents are advised to talk with their children about cyberbullying and other online issues regularly, and to explain the reasons of their concern. Transparent communication on the matter is essential for a continuous success. Use of Parental Control Software is also advisable to protect children from the eventual exposure to sensitive material.

StopCyberbullying was the first cyberbullying prevention programme in North America. Its specially-trained young volunteers design and deliver community programs to help their peers to address cyberbullying. The educational institutions in Cambodia might put a similar intervention in place at the scale of their institution. It is common knowledge that the peer influence is a very strong factor among youngsters, so why not use it to send out an important message?

Today, many schools adopt yoga as a part of the main curricula. Various studies report yoga increases overall health in children, reduces feelings of helplessness and aggression, and in the long term helps emotional balance.

Continue to cultivate wellbeing for your children.

Anna Glazkova is a mother of two children aged three and seven. She is interested in child psychology, especially early years development. Founder of The Giving Tree Preschool and Primary, Anna also teaches parental, regular and radiant child yoga programmes.