Bullying is a main source of violence in school. Parents play a vital role in recognizing signs, supporting courage, and helping their child.
Free On-Line Booklet: Bullying, Bullying, Bullying It's not Just Child's Play...Guide for Parents
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Encourage school to implement program, inform children about no tolerance for bullying, and cultural diversity and support groups/counselors/friendship groups: All reduce bullying and suicidality and self-harm rates and depression in schools. Prevention/Preteaching. Setting up a healthy culture and feeling in the school.
Distinguish what is and what is not bullying with your child and conflict resolution and assertiveness skills. Physical, Verbal and Psychological.
Treating people the way you'd want to be treated. Not over reacting but also not being a door mat. Healthy boundaries.
Your child being bullied:
Symptoms, Ask Your Child the Right Questions, Listen and Understand, What not to Say, Teach how to Avoid, Encourage Speaking Out, Advocate for your Child, School Suggestions for Safety
What to Do if Your Child Seems to be Bullying:
Set limits early in life on acceptable behavior towards you, peers, and siblings. Model behaviors. When school says they are bullying take it seriously. Sometimes (esp if younger) try a play date with them together supervised with on-going coaching. Become friends with the other's parents too. Discuss with child what is going on? Trying to impress others? Not like the child? Feel uncomfortable about something of the child? The schoolscapegoat? The other child has contributed to the situation and it's more of a conflict than bullying? Has been bullied by others? Anxiety, anger, depression?
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