Parents can be Agents of Change too! Here are some steps to become an effective advocate for your child if they are being bullied.
1. TALK WITH YOUR CHILD
Listen without judgment and provide a safe and supportive place for your child. Learn as much as possible about the situation. Encourage your child to talk, and let them know they are not alone and you are there to help.
2. SUPPORT & EMPOWER
Empower your child to create an action plan to help stop the bullying. Discuss ways you can support them and intervention strategies they can use. Share the plan with others who are regularly involved in your child’s life.
3. LEARN YOUR RIGHTS
Look up your child’s school’s policy on bullying and check your state’s Department of Education website for a state Safe Schools Office. You can also visit StopBullying.gov to find out the laws your state has put in place regarding bullying.
Is your child showing bullying behavior?
Talk With Your Child
Explore reasons for the behavior
Teach empathy, respect, and compassion
Make your expectations clear
Provide clear and consistent consequences
Give positive feedback
Talk with school personnel
Develop an action plan