With school back in session you’d like to think your child will be able to receive their education in a safe and fun learning environment. Many schools have put extensive bullying policies in place, but as a parent there are things you can do to help if you find out your child is the victim of bullying.
- Build a good relationship with your child from the beginning. It’s never too early to get involved in your child’s life. They need to trust you in order to be open and honest about this sensitive subject.
- If you find out your child is being bullied make thorough notes of what has happened, who was involved, and when it took place. This is useful information when communicating with proper authorities.
- Be aware that bullying can happen anywhere, not just on school grounds. This includes social media. You may need to check the school’s policy on social media since it is not taking place in school.
- If your child has been emotionally bullied consider working with a school counselor to get the child help to process.
- File formal complaints to help stop the bullying for both your child and future children.
- Serious threats go beyond bullying and should be reported to the police.
- Always involve the school if this is where the bullying is taking place.
As parents you want to do what you can. Become an expert by studying both your child and the topic of bullying. Some kids may keep quiet about it for too long and the damage may sink in to a devastating level. This is not an exhaustive list. If you feel as if your child is in danger get them help immediately!