What parents can do for children
Ensure your child's school can identify and act on bullying problems. Tell children to report incidents. Make it clear it is always right to tell when they see something wrong. Make children aware bullying is not simply physical. Challenge every incident of bullying that is witnessed. Don't confuse your children by talking one way and acting another.
What to tell your children:
- Face the bullies. Tell them clearly to stop. Try to be calm and move away from them.
- Don't hit out. If someone is bullying you, don't try to hit or kick them.
- If they tease you, don't let them see they have hurt you. Bullies like to get a reaction.
- It's not about you. Often those who bully do so to make themselves feel better, because they are unhappy.
- Tell those you can trust in class what is going on and how you feel. Ask them to come with you to tell a teacher.