Bullying is any unwanted, repetitive, aggressive behavior due to a perceived power imbalance and can include verbal, physical, and/or social aspects. Unfortunately, bullying is a common problem at our schools. Whether your child is being bullied or is the bully, there are things you can do to help.
- Report it. Bullying should not be tolerated on any level. Let your child’s teacher and/or counselor know if you suspect bullying. If you do not receive an appropriate response, consider contacting the principal, superintendent, Department of Education, etc. Don’t stop – the bully may act like this towards other children, so they are likely to benefit from your report as well.
- Intervene. If you see bullying taking place, step in! Take notes and report the situation. Make sure the children involved are safe.
- Be involved. Make an effort to be involved in your child’s life. Ask questions. Monitor behaviors, especially on social media.
- Empower your child. Help them understand they don’t have to put up with it. Encourage them to stand up for others who may be being bullied.
- Engage your child in activities outside of school. Youth groups, athletics, and church activities are good places to start. Having a group of kids with similar interests can foster self-esteem and strong friendships.
There are many resources available, from websites to educational seminars. Below is a list of places you can refer to for more information and support: