Dear Ilites, Recently, I have started allowing my daughter to go to the park alone without me. She is 6.5 years old, and we live in a well-guarded society. She has her classmates who also come to the park alone. Two boys older than her by 2-3 years have been bullying her and physically harming her. She used to tell me about how they pushed her or talked rudely to her. But I told her to avoid them and not talk with them. Some days back, she came with a bruise on her face. When enquired, she said one of those boys pushed her in the sliding board. I lost it there. I went to the park and warned the boy not to trouble her anymore. Last week, she said that some boys in the park told her,' Remove her underwear' and were about to attack her. These were probably friends of the boy whom I warned. Her gang helped her to escape from the clutches of the bad gang. This time, I and H went to the park as observers to see what actually was happening. We told her to play and pretend as if we were not there. When she was running, a boy suddenly came and pushed her so hard that she fell on the floor. He started dragging her by her legs while she still lay on the floor, and that was the tipping point for us. He was unaware of our presence. My H held him and told him to take us to his home to have a word with his parents. He got scared and said sorry. We also warned him of severe consequences if such an event happened again, and left. I am very skeptical about allowing her to go to the park alone. But she is very insistent. What should I do? On one side, I am scared of these bullies harming her, and on the other side, I don't want to keep her confined at home with no outside exposure. The thread by beautifulsmile is an eye-opener on what bullying can do to an innocent child. How should my daughter deal with these bullies? What should I do to ensure that she is safe?