• What to Do If Your Child is Being Bullied:

    • Never tell your child to ignore the bullying.
    • Don't blame your child for the bullying. Don't assume your child did something to provoke the bullying.
    • Allow your child to talk about his or her bullying experiences.
    • Empathize with your child. Tell him/her that bullying is wrong, that it is not his/her fault, and that you are glad he/she had the courage to talk to you about it.
    • If you disagree with how your child handled the bullying situation, don't criticize him/her. It is often very difficult for children to know how best to respond.
    • Do not encourage physical retaliation.
    • Check your emotions. A parent's protective instinct stirs strong emotions. Although it is difficult, step back and consider the next steps carefully.
    • Contact a teacher, school counselor, or principal at your school immediately and share your concerns.
    • Work closely with school personnel to help solve the problem.
    • Encourage your child to develop interests and hobbies that will help build resiliency in difficult situations like bullying.
    • Encourage your child to make contact with friendly students in his or her class, or help your child meet new friends outside of school.
    • Teach your child safety strategies, such as how to seek help from an adult.
    • Make sure your child has a safe and loving home environment.
    • If you or your child need additional help, seek help from a school counselor and/or mental health professional.