Bullying Prevention
bullying

 

Why kids bully

  • To feel important or popular

  • To be in control, overcome insecurities

  • Not able to control anger, hurt or frustrations.

  • They learn to do this by seeing others bullied

 

Types of Bullying

  • Physical - hitting, shoving, poking, biting, stealing or destroying someone’s property
  • Verbal - name calling, spreading rumors, making fun of someone
  • Cyberbullying - malicious emails, texts, social media rumors and images about a target
  • Sexual / Gender - inappropriate touches, rumors about one’s sexual behavior
  • Emotional - ignoring, hostile looks, isolation

 

Signs of Being Bullied

  • Changes in your child’s mood, grades, appetite, sleep habits or relationships with classmates.

  • If your child seems worried, misses school often or avoids certain activities

  • Spending more or less time online

  • Missing clothes or other items

  • Feeling sick or faking an illness

 

What to do if Your Child Is Being Bullied

  • Believe your child. It’s not their fault.

  • Praise kids for talking about it. Offer comfort and support

  • Use the buddy system

  • Walk away; ignore a bully

  • Role play on handling bullies. Body language can build confidence!  Getting even is not an option.

  • Log details of bullying incidents: who, what, where and when.

  • Share your written log with school officials. Help start a bullying prevention program.

  • Consider counseling.

  • Nurture strength. Get your child involved in activities that build self-confidence.

  • Be a good role model. Avoid name calling and negative statements about others.

 

How to prevent your child from bullying others

  • Establish rules about how to treat people

  • Help children name their feelings

  • Teach safe, non violent ways to problem solve and express their feelings

  • Praise good behavior

 

Books

  • Oliver Button Is a Sissy  by Tomie DePaola (younger children)

  • Ruby and Bubbles by Rosie Winstead (older children)

  • Super Emma by Sally Warner (older children)

  • Bullies Are a Pain in the Brain by Trevor Romain

  • Blubber by Judy Blume

  • Words Will Never Hurt Me, Helping Kids Handle Teasing, Bullying, and Putdowns by Sally Northway Ogden
  • And Words Can Hurt Forever: How to Protect Adolescents from Bullying, Harassment, and Emotional Violence by James Garbarino and Ellen deLara
  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney, https://www.wimpykid.com/

 

Helpful Resources