Quick Start Guide For Parents

If you don't know where to begin, and need advice, click HERE 
for a list of professional organizations that can help!

If your child is being bullied, 
you can make it stop!

Click here to browse our entire searchable list of anti-bullying and youth mental health links!

How talk to your child's school about bullying

Speaking to teachers and other staff at your child's school should be one of your first steps in dealing with bullying.
Useful strategies include keeping detailed records of the bullying, and knowing the school district's bullying policies and how they are administered. Confrontation isn't the way to get action, but being fully informed will help your case enormously.
Some excellent sources of information are:
The US Dept of Health and Human Services provides an excellent guide.
Bullying UK provides good advice and follow-up strategies.
The Victoria (Australia) Department of Education also provides good advice on talking to teachers about your child.
Today's Parent has a great article about how to talk so teachers will listen.
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How talk to your child about bullying

Advice from Stopbullying.gov
• Help kids understand bullying. What it is, how to stand up to it, how to get help.
• Keep the lines of communication open. Know their friends, ask about school, listen.
• Encourage kids to do what they love. Having interests helps build self esteem.
• Model how to treat others with kindness and respect. Show confidence in them.
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Bully Free Alberta provides tips about what to do if your child witnesses bullying.
These include:
Setting a caring example
Encouraging support
Explaining the need to tell
Encouraging solutions
Helping to assess the situation
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The Bully Project has a page of "Conversation Starters", advice on how to help your child recognize the signs of bullying and questions to ask your child about bullying.
Questioning a reluctant child can be difficult; you can find suggestions for how to ask the right kind of questions here, too. There is also advice on what NOT to do.
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Do you know the language of texting?
Your kids do, and you should too. You can find an extensive dictionary of this always changing language at NetLingo. "Cyberbullying is when a child or teen becomes a target of actions by others – using computers, cellphones or other devices – that are intended
to embarrass, humiliate, torment, threaten or harass."