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 counseloro Continue to maintain open communication with school personnelEncourage 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