If your children are dealing with bullies at school or online, you can help.
Unfortunately, bullying is a harsh reality that many kids have to deal with every day at school, at their extracurricular activities, or even on the computer. As parents, you may feel helpless to stop this cruelty or to help your children, but there is more you can do than you might think.
Talk to your child.
First and foremost, you need to open the lines of communication between you and your child. make sure they know that none of this is their fault, nor is it a reflection on them. Don't act like it's not a big deal or assume the bullying will "toughen them up." These situations can often leave permanent emotional scars on the victim. Commend your child for their bravery in speaking up. Make sure they know that they aren't alone in this struggle and that they can always share with you safely.
Speak with an authority figure.
You may not have a lot of control over what happens at your child's school, but you can speak with the people who do. Schedule a meeting with your child's principal or teacher. Explain the situation and ask them to keep an eye open for further abuse. You'll feel better with a team behind you who can watch out for your kid when you can't.
Consider your next steps.
If the bullying persists, you may need to take further action. This may mean meeting with the bully's parents, which is best done when a teacher, principal, or guidance counselor can mediate the conversation. In extreme situations, legal action may be necessary to effectively stop the bullying. Ask your lawyer about your options.
Join us at the Pavilion at West Palm Hospital on January 17th for a seminar on raising emotionally healthy kids. We meet at noon and we'll provide lunch for all attendees. Call us at 888-256-7654 to RSVP.