A Resource For Kids, Parents
As a parent one of the hardest parts of raising childen is when they are outside your sphere of influence. The significant angst and frustration a parent feels when they find out their child is being bullied can be overwhelming. When things are outside your hands one can feel powerless. To be the best advocate for your child you must put yourself in your best frame of mind.
- Remember, teachers and school administrators care about your child and want to help. TREAT THEM WITH RESPECT!
- Reach out to your child's teacher via email. If you decide to talk to them in person, schedule the meeting ahead of time. Remember to follow up with an email thanking them for their time and summarize the conversation. It is good idea to have documentation of communication.
- Your first interaction should focus on articulating to the teacher the information your child has given you as well gathering additional information on what the teacher thinks is happening. It is hard to tell exactly what is really happening, however, a key component of bullying is it's repetitive nature.
- Focus on the reported actions of the bullying child.
- Be open to what the teacher has to say about your own child, bullying often is not a black and white issue.
- Ask about your schools Bully Prevention Protocols. It's good to understand the resources available to you and your child.