Bullying...As a Parent, What Can I Do?
Get the facts:o Assure your child that the problem will be addressed
- 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