What to do if your child is bullied?
Wednesday, November 9th, 2016
Bullying or cyberbullying is when one child picks on another child repeatedly. Bullying can be physical, verbal, or social. It can happen at school, on the playground, on the school bus, in the neighborhood, over the Internet, or through mobile devices like cell phones.
When Your Child Is Bullied
- Alert school officials to the problems and work with them on solutions.
- Teach your child when and how to ask a trusted adult for help. Recognize the serious nature of bullying and acknowledge your child's feelings about being bullied.
- Help your child learn how to respond by teaching your child how to:
- Look the bully in the eye.
- Stand tall and stay calm in a difficult situation.
- Walk away.
- Teach your child how to say in a firm voice.
"I don't like what you are doing."
"Please do NOT talk to me like that."
"Why would you say that?"
- Encourage your child to make friends with other children.
- Support activities that interest your child.
- Make sure an adult who knows about the bullying can watch out for your child's safety and well-being when you cannot be there.
- Monitor your child’s social media or texting interactions so you can identify problems before they get out of hand.
By Dr. Jessy Mouhayar
Specialist Pediatrics and Neonatology