What is Bullying?
Bullying is physical aggression, name-calling, intimidation, exclusion, or other behavior that is purposefully hurting another person repeatedly over a period of time. Bullying is often carried out by someone who has more physical, social and/or emotional strength against someone who has less power, making it hard or impossible for victims to defend themselves.
Ways to help your child handle bullying
· Get the facts
o Stay calm and be objective
- You may not have the whole story
o Assure your child that the problem will be addressed
o Gather as many details as possible
- Where, when, who was involved
o Keep records of when your child is 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 other school personnel verbally or in writing.
o If your child is not comfortable speaking up, you can contact your child’s teacher, principal, IST 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 (politely but firmly)
o Walk away
o Know that it is not your fault
o Tell adults at home and at school
o Stay with trusted friends
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, expectations and consequences
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 emotionsEfforts to reduce and eliminate bullying need to be shared by parents, school staff and students.