Bullying continues to be a huge issue and as technology continues to change, it has become even more difficult for parents to understand. As parents, we want the best for our children but when it comes to bullying, many of us aren't sure when to step in or how to help.
What is bullying?
Bullying is when someone hurts another person, usually more than once. The person being bullied feels like they can’t stop the bully.
Bullying happens in different ways. It can be:
- Physical- where someone is physically hurt by another
- Verbal- where someone says mean things to or about another
- Social- where someone is left out or rumors are told about them
Read more about bullying here.
Bullying can have long-lasting negative effects on everyone involved including the bully, the bullied, and the people who watch bullying happen.
So what can you, as a parent, do to help stop bullying?
- Teach your child to be kind, in person and online.
- Pay attention to the warning signs.
- Encourage your child to talk to you, or another trusted adult, about bullying.
- Talk to your child's teachers and coaches.
- Model the right behavior. Don't bully your children or other people in front of your child.
- If you see bullying, stop it immediately-- even if your child is the bully.
- Take bullying seriously.
Check out the handy infographic below for more information about bullying.