Anti-Bullying Tips for Parents

Tips for talking about bullying with your child from the Center of Safe Schools:

  • Listen to your child.
  • Try to keep your emotions in check.
  • Remind your child that no one deserves to be
  • mistreated.
  • Discuss non-aggressive solutions.
  • Identify an adult at school your child trusts to go to if
  • they feel unsafe or need to talk.
  • Document all incidents to include where, when and
  • who.
  • Help your child develop new friendships.
  • Be a role-model for positive, healthy relationships.
  • Work with teachers, counselors and principals to
  • provide your child with a safe learning environment.
  • Seek help if your child talks about suicide or seems
  • unusually upset.

What is bullying?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, bullying is:

  • Unwanted aggressive behavior(s) from youth other
  • than a sibling or current dating partner.
  • Observed or perceived power imbalance, which could
  • be physical size, numbers of students, social status.
  • Repeated or likely to be repeated, but does not have to be repeated.
  • Meant to inflict harm or distress.

What does bullying look like?

Direct bullying: hitting, pushing, spitting, taunting, threatening

Indirect bullying: exclusion, rumors, getting someone else to hurt a child

Cyberbullying: ongoing intentionally negative communication that is directed at an individual or group of individuals conducted via electronic communication via texts, emails, instant messaging, social media, etc.

For more information on bullying go to:

The PA Bullying Prevention Consultation Line: 866-716-0424

Center for Safe Schools: http://www.safeschools.info/bullying-prevention

Federal Stop Bullying: http://www.stopbullying.gov/