5 Ways to Help Your Child Prevent Bullying this
As children head back to the classroom, now
is a great time for parents and guardians to talk with your kids about
bullying. Here are five tips to help your child prevent bullying and to
help them deal with bullying:
1) Establish lines of communication and talk
for at least 15 minutes a day. Bullying can be difficult for parents to
talk about, but it is important that children know they can talk to you,
before they are involved in bullying in any way. StopBullying.gov and our
partners at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
(SAMHSA) have easy tips and tools that can help start the conversation.
2) Make sure kids know safe ways to be more
than a bystander. When kids witness bullying, it can affect them too.
Helping kids learn what they can do to help when they see bullying can
help to stop bullying. Click here for more suggestions on how bystanders can
3) Know your state’s anti-bullying law and
your school’s anti-bullying policy. Forty-nine states have laws requiring
schools to have anti-bullying policies. Know what your school policy says
and how to report an incident of bullying if you ever need to.
4) Learn how to support kids involved in
bullying. When you find out your child is involved in bullying, it is
important to know how to respond. Whether your child is bullying
others or is the one being bullied it is important to know
what steps to take, and which to avoid, in order to resolve the
5) Take an active role in anti-bullying
initiatives. The key to addressing bullying is to stop it before it
starts. Work with your children, their school, and the community to raise
awareness and take action against bullying. Toolkits like the Health
Resources and Services Administration’s Community Action Training Modules
can help you start an initiative in your community. You can get your
children involved, too, by using the Youth Leaders Toolkit to help
them mentor younger children.
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