Parents and family members are often unsure what to do when they suspect that their loved one is being bullied in school. Knowing how to respond in a supportive manner is extremely important.
As part of our No Name-Calling Week resources, GLSEN had developed two guide for parents and family members. Included are:
For Parents and Families: What to do if a Child is Being Bullied-Bullying among children is aggressive behavior that is intentional and that involves an imbalance of power or strength. A child who is being bullied has a hard time defending himself or herself. Bullying can take many forms, such as: hitting and/or punching (physical bullying); teasing or name-calling (verbal bullying); intimidation through gestures or social exclusion (nonverbal bullying or emotional bullying); and sending insulting messages by phone or computer e-mail (cyber bullying). Usually, bullying is repeated over time. Many children, particularly boys and older children and youth, do not tell their parents or adults at school about being bullied. It is important that adults are vigilant to possible signs of bullying.
For Parents and Families: How to Talk with Educators at Your Child’s School About Bullying - Parents are often reluctant to report to educators that their child is being bullied. Why? Parents may be unsure how best to help their child and may be afraid that they will make the situation worse if they report bullying. Children and youth often need help to stop bullying. Parents should never be afraid to call the school to report that their child is being bullied and ask for help to stop the bullying. Students should not have to tolerate bullying at school any more than adults would tolerate similar treatment at work.