What should you do if you learn your child is being bullied at school?
With the new school year starting up, many parents may fear that their child will become a victim of bullying. This week I’ve been tackling that topic, and today let’s look at what you should do if YOUR child has been bullied.
The first thing you want to do is start keeping records. Ask your child where the bullying occurred, when it occurred, what exactly happened. Keep a written log of what they tell you.
If you don’t, you may find yourself in a “he said/she said” situation when you report the bullying. Sometimes a child’s memory will be fuzzy and say “I think it was on the playground” or “I think it was on Thursday.”
Because of that, it’s critical to have them report what happened that day, and document the details.
The most effective way to stop bullying is through direct adult intervention. Make an after school appointment with your child’s teacher, tell her what occurred, and enlist her help. If you don’t receive a positive response, report the bullying to the school principal.
If the teacher or principal fail to take any action, you may need to take up the issue with school district administration or even the school board.
The good news is that most public school districts are on “heightened alert” over bullying these days. They are very aware of the problem and want to nip it in the bud.
The US Department of Health and Human Services has a website dedicated to the topic of bullying. You can find helpful information at stopbullying.gov.
Tomorrow I’ll address cyberbullying and we’ll discuss why Christian kids should be the first to stand up when they see another child being bullied.
I’m Bill Maier for Shine.FM.
Listen to today’s audio here.