Previously we identified a couple of ways that you might prepare your student in case they encounter bullying in their school environments, but it is important to keep an open dialogue with your student regarding this topic as unfortunately bullying behavior can run rampant at schools. With the development of social media outlets multiplying daily, there are many more ways in which bullying can occur.
Are you worried that your child may be the target of bullying?
Know the signs:
- Has unexplained injuries
- Is afraid of going to school or other activities with peers
- Repetitively appears sad, moody, angry or anxious before or after school
- Suddenly becomes angry or scared after receiving calls, texts or emails
- Comes home with damaged or missing clothing or other belongings
- Has a sudden drop in grades
- Reports lost lunch money or not having time to eat at school
DISCUSS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN TATTLING AND TELLING
According to a study conducted in 2010 by the Institute of Education Sciences, 64% of children who were targets of bullying did not report the incident. There are many reasons why a child might not tell an adult what happened. Talk with your student about the difference between tattling and telling. If they see or experience bullying, telling an adult is always the right thing to do. Many times students report that telling an adult did not seem to change the situation. Assure your children that as a parent, you will take action to take a stand against bullying in their schools.
If your child reports bullying, be prepared to take action.
A few steps to take when your child reports being the target of bullying:
- Stay calm
- Remind them of how important they are to you and that you are there to help them
- Keep a diary of the bullying incidents
- Report any incident that involves bullying to the proper authorities: Any School Staff, Teachers, Principals, Recess or Lunch staff, Coaches, Bus Drivers and in some cases you may need to contact Police
- Follow up with officials to ensure your child’s safety
Keeping communication open between you and your child is key. If they feel they have a safe outlet to report or discuss this topic, they will be more likely to seek the help they need.
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