• Bullying... As a Parent, What Can I Do?

    Get the facts:

              o   Assure your child that the problem will be addressed

    o   Stay calm and be objective

    - There are two sides to every story

    o   Gather as many details as possible

    -  Where did it happen?  When did it occur?  Who was there?  How did the interaction begin?

    o   Write down when your child was bullied.  This will help to show that there is a pattern and that it is not just a one time event.

     Communicate with the school:

    o   Encourage your child to speak to his/her teacher or school counselor verbally or in writing

    o   If your child is not comfortable speaking up, you can contact your child’s teacher or school counselor

    o   Continue to maintain open communication with school personnel
    Encourage your child to use strategies that they have learned:

    o   Tell the bully to stop (action) in a firm, calm voice

    o   Walk away from uncomfortable situations

    o   Know that it is not your fault

    o   Tell adults at home and at school

    o   Hang out with people who will let you be you

    o   Don't be a bully yourself 

    What to do if your child may be bullying:

    o   Talk clearly about behaviors that encourage positive relationships

    o   Avoid physical punishments

    o   Reduce the amount of TV and video game violence

    o   Determine whether or not your child is being mistreated

    -  Sometimes bullying can be a reaction to hurt, fearful or angry emotions


    Additional resources:

    www.stopbullyingnow.com                                    www.stopcyberbullying.org   

    www.bullying.org                                                  www.no-bully.com

    www.cyberbullying.org                                         www.opheliaproject.org