If your questioning leads you to believe that a child is being bullied:
- Never tell the student to ignore the bullying.
- Don’t blame the person who is being bullied.
- Tell your child that bullying is wrong, that expressing feelings and how they are experiencing this is the right thing to do.
- Ask what he or she thinks will help.
- Do not encourage physical retaliation.
Bullying may not stop without the help of adults at school
- Contact the teacher, school counselor, and/or administrator.
- Ask your child’s teacher questions about his or her interactions with other children.
- Look for help from the school counselor with social skills, assertiveness, or friendship skills training.
- Do not contact the parents of the student(s) who bullied your child.
- Expect the bullying to stop…talk regularly with your child and school staff about this issue.
Conflict Resolution Skills
It is important that you help your child develop skills to handle conflict in an appropriate way and to seek help from an adult when necessary.
- Encourage friendships.
- Teach your children to express themselves clearly yet tactfully.
- Teach self-respect.
- Stress the importance of body language.
- Start teaching the art of negotiation early.