Bullying at school has grown to be such a huge problem. When adults respond quickly and consistently to bullying behavior they send a message that it is not acceptable.
Letís evaluate some ways to help you learn how to help your child prevent bullying while at school.
1. Establish lines of communication and talk with your child 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 about anything, before they are involved in bullying in any way.
2. Make sure your child knows safe ways to be more than a bystander. When kids witness bullying, it can affect them too. Helping your child learn what they can do to help when they see bullying happening to other students can help reduce bullying as a whole. For example, your child can tell the school staff about the situation or ask to go to the office to report the issue.
3. Know your stateís anti-bullying law and your schoolís anti-bullying policy. Forty-nine states have required schools to have anti-bullying policies put into place to safeguard students. Make sure to find out what your school policy says and how to report an incident of bullying if you ever need to.
4. Learn how to support students 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 situation. Speak to the school staff immediately to resolve the issue.
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.
Parents, school staff, and other adults in the community can help children prevent bullying by talking about it, building a safe school environment, and creating a community-wide bullying prevention strategy. Remember, every child deserves to get an education free from bullying and to be totally safe while learning.