Work with your child on how to stay safe. Do not encourage your child to fight back because a situation can easily escalate and become dangerous.
Teach your child how to look the bully in the eye, stand tall, use a firm voice, and stay calm in difficult situations. Practice this at home.
Encourage your child to become friends with other children.Your child can join adult-supervised groups in and out of school. Have your child’s friends come over to your house. Children who are loners are more likely to get picked on.
Encourage your child to develop new abilities and interpersonal skills, through such activities as team sports, music groups, and social clubs. When children feel good about how they relate to others, they feel better about themselves and are less likely to be picked on.
Talk about what you can say—or do—if this happens again. Just telling your child to do things such as standing firm or walking away is not enough. For many victims, these skills do not come naturally. It is like learning a new language.
Practice with your child so that in the heat of the moment your child can use these skills. They need lots of practice.
Teach your child when and how to ask for help. Your child should not be afraid to ask and adult for help when bullying.
Make sure an adult who knows about the bullying can watch out for your child’s safety and well-being when you cannot be there.
Talk with the school principal or guidance counselor, as well as the teachers. Alert them to the problems you see, and work with them on solutions. When school officials know about bullying, they can help stop it.
Write down and report all bullying. By knowing when and where the bullying occurs, you and your child can.