Thursday, September 22, 2011, 10:17 PM
When Your Child Is Bullied: Real Solutions for Families
By: J.E. DiMarco and M.K. Newman
â€˘ Do not tell your child to ignore the bullying
â€˘ Reassure your child that he/she will be protected and you will not stop until there is a complete solution in place
â€˘ Document all facts of each instance of bullying
â€˘ Develop a plan to stop the bullying with the school. Work respectfully and collaboratively, but aggressively with the school to develop a plan. Make certain you, as the parent, lead the solution and play a very active role.
â€˘ Use all of your community resources:
a. School social workers/guidance counselors
d. School Board
e. School nurse
h. Members of law enforcement
â€˘ Act quickly, comprehensively and early. The longer the bullying goes on, the more difficult the situation becomes for your child and your family.
â€˘ There are real solutions that work, be persistent
â€˘ Never: allow your child to participate in â€śpeer to peer resolutionâ€ť, this only re-victimizes the victim and angers the bully