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Top Reasons for Homeschooling: Bullying

In our “Top Reasons for Homeschooling” series, we’re sharing what we’ve learned from parents who have turned to the Royal Fireworks Online Learning Community (RFOLC) over the years. This week we’re exploring the topic of bullying and why children who are being bullied have benefited from leaving traditional schools and coming to the RFOLC.

Unpacking Bullying

Bullying is a pervasive issue in schools, encompassing various forms of aggressive behavior that involve a power imbalance. Children may engage in bullying for a variety of reasons, which are often rooted in complex social dynamics, personal insecurities, or learned behaviors.

Neurodivergent kids—including those identified as gifted, dyslexic, ADHD, or 2e (twice-exceptional)—are particularly vulnerable to bullying. Studies show how big of a problem this truly is. For example, 77% of children on the autism spectrum and nearly half of all children identified as having ADHD have been bullied. The very qualities that make these kids exceptional—such as heightened intelligence, unique learning styles, or different perspectives—can set them apart in ways that make them targets for peer victimization. The struggle to conform to societal norms and expectations may lead neurodivergent children to become victims of bullying, exacerbating the challenges they already face.

In mainstream school environments, where fitting is often paramount for social acceptance, neurodivergent students may find themselves isolated or misunderstood, making them more susceptible to bullying. The lack of awareness and acceptance of neurodiversity contributes to a hostile atmosphere, perpetuating a cycle of victimization for these exceptional learners.

Navigating Bullying and Choosing Homeschooling

Discovering that their child is a victim of bullying at school is a heart-wrenching realization for any parent. The emotional toll it takes on both the child and the family can be overwhelming. In such situations, parents often find themselves at a crossroads, contemplating the best course of action to ensure their child’s well-being and academic success.

For parents of neurodivergent children, bullying can pose unique challenges. Neurodivergent learners may already face difficulties in traditional school settings due to a lack of understanding or support for their individual needs. Bullying exacerbates these challenges, creating an environment that hinders both their social and their academic development.

Homeschooling can emerge as a powerful solution for parents seeking to protect their neurodivergent children from the harmful effects of bullying. It provides a tailored and supportive learning environment that accommodates the unique needs of neurodivergent learners. Freed from the pressures of conforming to conventional norms, children can thrive both academically and emotionally in a setting that celebrates their differences.

How the Royal Fireworks Online Learning Community Can Help

In a world where bullying persists in traditional school settings, parents are increasingly turning to the Royal Fireworks Online Learning Community for a refreshing alternative. Many of our students are neurodivergent, including those identified as gifted, dyslexic, ADHD, and 2e. Rather than being outliers and misunderstood, these students are seen for their unique talents and characteristics, offered special supports, and introduced to peers and instructors who understand them.

Parents reach out to us regularly to tell us how much their child’s attitude toward academics, mood, and overall well-being have improved since being placed in an environment where they are understood.

Learn more about what parents say about the RFOLC on our reviews page, and browse our course selection today! New courses begin often, and we will always work with families mid-semester if they have an urgent situation that necessitates an immediate transition. Our knowledgeable and compassionate team is here to answer your emails at [email protected] or your phone calls at (845) 726-4444. Our phone lines are open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday.

We look forward to seeing your child thrive!

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