Tips for Parents and Caregivers of Children Who are Bullied at School
Because students are in school for most of the day, children are more likely to be bullied at school than anywhere else. In addition to providing support to their children, parents should work with the school to ensure educators are aware of bullying issues and responsive to students’ needs.
In addition to providing support to their children, parents should work with the school to ensure educators are aware of bullying issues and responsive to students’ needs.17,25-27
Parents and educators should work together, through Parent-Teacher Organizations or other task forces, to develop and implement effective bullying prevention and intervention strategies.
Know your school’s policies.
Each public school district in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is required to have a policy that addresses bullying. It is important to be familiar with the policies and the procedures that your school employs.
Communicate with school staff.
If your child is the target of bullying, you will need to work with teachers and administrators at the school to implement strategies to end the bullying and prevent retaliation. If the school seems unresponsive to your reports, write a letter that formally requests an investigation and follow-up.
Talk with your child.
Explain what bullying is and why it is wrong. If your child reports bullying to you, praise him or her for having the courage to share the bullying incident with you. Let your child know that you are interested in supporting and helping him or her. Show your child empathy and encourage him or her to share thoughts and feelings about the bullying. Emphasize that you are sorry this happened and no one deserves to be mistreated.