Bullying


Due to the many recent incidents of horrific bullying in our schools, today’s blog focuses on steps that parents can take if their child is involved in bullying. Bullying impacts school performance, psychological health, and physical health.

What can you do if your child is being bullied?

  • Take bullying seriously.
  • Listen and be supportive.
  • Reassure your child that it is not his or her fault.
  • Ask about what actions you can both take to solve the problem.
  • Promise to check with your child before taking action.
  • Talk to the teacher and/or school administrator and ask what they can do to help if the incident occurred at school.
  • Encourage your child to tell a trusted adult.
  • Teach your child strategies to counter bullying.

What can you do if your child is bullying?

  • Stay calm.
  • Don’t minimize the behaviour.
  • Model non-violent behaviour at home.
  • Try to find out why your child is behaving this way.
  • Talk to the teacher and/or school administrator and ask what they can do to help if the incident occurred at school.
  • Try to help your child to understand what it’s like for the victim.
  • Praise your child when he or she shows empathy for others.
  • Set realistic, firm guidelines to help your child control behaviour.
  • Obtain professional help.

How can Schools & Teachers Help?

  • Don’t ignore bullying; it will not go away.
  • Have clear policies and procedures for dealing with bullying in your school.
  • Equip teachers and school staff with prevention and intervention skills and strategies.
  • Have a school climate and programs that teach children and staff about safety and belonging and how to get along with others.
  • Resolve the situation decisively, and in a way that supports the victim, the bully and bystanders.
  • Ensure anyone affected by the incident is given an opportunity for counseling.
  • Keep records of bullying incidents.
The above tips are from the Manitoba Healthy Schools page, and all credit is given to them for compiling them.
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