Responding to Bullying
Bullying is unpredictable and it can happen to anyone at any time. So, when bullying happens, what can parents do?
Firstly, stay calm!
Here are some tips for parents to try out.
If you suspect that your child is being bullied?
Warning signs that can help identify if your child is experiencing bullying is necessary to manage it. The following are some common signs that were shared from other parents:
Yes, my child is involved in bullying. What is next?
If you think your child is being bullied, don’t ignore it. Find a quiet time to talk to your child. You can HEAC it.
If your child is a Bully?
Bullying can be manifested in many forms, and, children and youth are involved in many ways in it. However, as parents, the safety of our children is the utmost concern.
How can parents prevent bullying?
As a parent, you can help to prevent bullying by teaching your children how to…
- Set parental control on your child’s computers and other communication devices.
- Although adults must respect the privacy of children, there may be times whereby concerns for your child’s safety may override these privacy concerns. You may like to tell your child that there’s a possibility of you reviewing his or her online communications if you think there is a reason for concern.
- Talk regularly with your child about his/her online and offline activities.
- Model appropriate technology usage, do not harass or joke about others while online. Your children are watching and learning from you.