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Bullying Action Steps

Ten Things Parents Can do to Support Kids who Experience Bullying (Victims)

(From Ask Resource Center)

  1. Listen carefully and acknowledge your child's feelings.
  2. Focus on comforting and supporting your child, not on your anger at what happened.
  3. Empower your child by reinforcing the child's positive self-image.
  4. Praise your child's efforts to handle difficult situations with other children.
  5. Offer suggestions to help your child learn to be more effective in dealing with the situation.
  6. Make your child part of the solution - ask what the child thinks will help improve things.
  7. Help your child practice how to respond to bullying behavior.
  8. Identify "safe" people (adults) your child can go to for support.
  9. Help your child identify friends who can offer support.
  10. Document what happened and report it.

(Additionally from PACER CENTER)
  • Meet with your child's teacher, principal, and, if necessary, the district superintendent:
  • Discuss what is happening to your child
  • Ask what can be done so your child feels safe at school
  • Present your work with your child regarding the situation
  • Ask for the written policy on bullying or harassment (or perform self-search online) 
  • Present how the situation is impacting your child:
    • Does not want to come to school
    • Is fearful he/she will be hurt
    • Complains of stomach aches, headaches, etc.
    • Has other new behavior as a result of the bullying

Ten Things Parents Can do to Support Kids Who Bully (Aggressors) 

 (From PACER CENTER)
  1. Talk with your child about why this is happening and how they feel about themselves.
  2. Confirm that your child's behavior is bullying and not the result of a disability such as a behavior disorder.
  3. Teach empathy, respect, and compassion to increase awareness of other people's feelings.
  4. Make your expectations clear that bullying others is unacceptable and will not be tolerated.
  5. Provide clear, consistent, and meaningful consequences for bullying such as loss of privileges.
  6. Teach by example by demonstrating cooperation, respectful ways to resolve conflict, and appropriate anger management skills.
  7. Role-play non-aggressive behavior by practicing suitable ways to address different situations.
  8. Provide positive feedback when your child demonstrates positive interaction with other children.
  9. Be realistic about behavior change allowing time for your child to work on it and supporting them the whole way through.
  10. Seek help from professionals such as your child's doctor and/or school staff to help your family deal with bullying behavior.