By: J. Wilson
Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior among school-aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated over time. It is important to remember that not all conflicts constitute bullying and may require different strategies to be resolved. If your child is being bullied at school, here are some suggestions to support your child:
• Recognize what bullying is and what it isn’t.
• Never suggest ignoring the problem.
• Don’t blame your child or assume he/she provoked the behavior.
• Empathize with your child.
• Tell them that bullying is wrong and it isn’t his/her fault.
• Don’t encourage physical retaliation.
• Check your emotions.
• Contact the teacher, school counselor, or administrator to share concerns.
• Work closely with the school to solve the problem.
• Teach your child safety strategies, such as how to seek help from an adult.
• Ensure your child has a safe and loving home environment.
Remember to call the school if you have a concern!
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