Today, another article from the National Center on Learning Disabilities offering advice for parents of children who are bullied. You can also go back to September on our blog, when we shared some great advice for parents on dealing with bullying from our own Angela Rudderham.
Share your stories on bullying and your advice on how to cope with us through your comments.
The Bridgeway team
Bullying – What’s a Parent to Do?
|By Sheldon H. Horowitz, Ed.D. |
Published: February 17 2012
| How familiar are these phrases? |
Is this the kind of advice that you would give to your child if they reported being picked on at school? Sure, maybe the first time they were called a name, or the second time they were intentionally pushed to the back of the line in the cafeteria. But is this the approach you would take if your child was singled out in a mean and hurtful way day after day? Of course not!
And what about these phrases:
The thoughts and feelings underlying these comments and questions could be unrecognized signs that bullying is taking place. Bullying involves not only the victim, but also the one doing the bullying, and those who stand by and don’t take action. Even when it is not possible to protect the victim from a particular incident, there is no excuse for not taking a stand and taking action that will discourage or prevent bullying behavior from happening again.
What should parents do?
There are lots of topics about which children, parents, and school personnel might disagree, but there should be no question that every individual deserves respect and that it is everyone’s responsibility to protect the physical and emotional wellbeing of every child, treating them as valued and respected members of the community