I found a helpful article at FamilyEducation.com by Cindy Bond that shortly and succinctly gives parents several clearly defined things to do to protect their children from bullying. Here’s a link to the full article: Bully Proof Your Kids Article
Here are 8 short tips to help you protect your kids from bullying:
- Encourage your kids to tell you, a teacher, or another adult when they’re having a problem
- Explain the difference between tattling and telling.
- Insist on the buddy system to and from school and in the neighborhood.
- Consider enrolling your child in a self-defense course.
- Turn off the TV. Too many shows reinforce the idea that aggression is the only way to deal with conflicts.
- Let your school know your safety worries.
- Ask the school or PTA to sponsor safety training workshops and to initiate a peer mediation program, in which staff and students are trained in nonviolent conflict resolution. For more information, contact the National Center for Assault Prevention, 609+582+7000 , or the National School Safety Center, 805+373+9977
- Cyber Bullying: If your child receives a harassing message, teach him not to reply and to let you know right away. You can use the “block” or “ban” feature on your instant messaging program to deter the cyber bully.
- Think of a person who was mean to you or who got you upset, (Chances are you have a picture of that person on your mental movie screen).
- Take the image of that person and push it way out to the far horizon while you shrink it down to a tine dot.
- Notice how much better you feel.