For Parents

For Parents: What should you do if your child is being bullied?

If you know your child is being bullied, but his school hasn’t communicated with you about the situation, you should contact your child’s teacher(s) right away. Keep in mind that your primary goal should be to get the schools cooperation to end the bullying. Knowing your own child is being victimized evokes strong feelings, but you’ll get much more cooperation from school personnel if you can stick to the facts with out becoming overly emotional. While you may want assurance that the bully or bullies are punished severely, try to just focus on ending the bullying. If your child is a victim of bullying, try helping him with the following strategies:

Remember that hitting back is not a choice and shouldn’t be encouraged.

Encourage your child to walk away and tell an adult if he feels someone is about to hurt him.