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The School Bully is Picking on My Child

How to Help if Your Child Is Being Bullied

If your child tells you that he or she is being bullied, don't add to the burden by becoming angry. Although it is a normal reaction to be upset, be careful not to let your child know that you are upset. Your sadness could be misinterpreted as disappointment. Be sure to validate your child's feelings.

Be a good listener

Being a good listener is one of the best ways to comfort your child. Talking about the problem and knowing you care can help your child feel more comfortable and safely. Your child is likely to feel vulnerable while discussing bullying and how it makes him or her feel, so it's important to show your love and support.

You should also reassure your child that he or she isn't to blame. Explain that bullies are often confused or unhappy people who don't feel good about themselves.

Children should be encouraged to report the bullying to an adult who will take action, and who will also keep the child’s identity a secret. Many children will not tell an adult that they are being bullied because they feel that they are being a tattletale, or they are extremely embarrassed. Boys are very hesitant to tell on their bullies. It is important that children feel comfortable telling an adult if they feel threatened or if they are being pressured into doing something they do not want to do.

If your child comes to you and tells you that he or she is being bullied, contact his or her teacher. If the teacher does not resolve the problem, follow the chain of command up the school ladder until you see successful results.

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