Teaching your child how to deal with bullying

Posted on by CCPD

October is national bullying prevention awareness month. Some of the important steps parents should take if their child is a victim of bullying or if they have witnessed bullying.

  • Never tell your child to ignore the bullying whether they are the victim or a witness.
  • Encourage your child to talk about what happened and write down the details.
  • Reinforce with them regularly why bullying is wrong.
  • Empathize with your child and make sure they understand that talking about what happened is the right thing to do.
  • Contact authorities about the incident; if the incident happened at school, immediately reach out to the teacher and/or school counselor or principal. Work closely with school personnel to ensure that the problem is solved and report any further incidents.
  • Teach your child safety strategies, specifically how to seek help from an adult if they are being bullied. If they witness another child being bullied, teach them to immediately inform an adult.
  • If you and your child needs further help, talk with a school counselor or mental health professional.