Parents Guide to Bullying Prevention

Bullying Facts

  • Many students miss school because of fear (Olweus).

  • Boys are more likely to bully others.

  • Girls and boys bully differently (boys-physical; girls-social).

  • 19% of students in grades 6-9 reported bullying others "sometimes" or more often during the school term (Nansel, 2001).

  • 23% reported being bullied "several times" or more frequently (Melton, 1998).

  • Older students and boys are less likely than younger students and girls to report victimization.

  • Most bullying is verbal rather than physical (Mullin-Rindler 2001).

  • 60% of bullies in grades 6-9 had a criminal conviction by age 24.

  • Victims fear retaliation, so very often they do not report acts of bullying.

If Your Child is Being Bullied

  • Don't panic. Listen before you react.

  • Avoid blaming your child.

  • Don't tell your child to fight back; instead, teach them to be assertive and use words to stand up for themselves.

  • Help kids learn strategies to avoid encounters with bullies (safety in numbers).

  • Instruct your child to walk away and get adult help.

  • Tell the school immediately and keep a written record of what happened.

If Your Child Bullies Others

  • Take the problem seriously.

  • Supervise your child's activities/computer use more closely.

  • Don't tolerate behavior that hurts others and respond swiftly and consistently by restricting time with others.

  • Help your child make amends.

  • Be a good role model-avoid using bullying behaviors at home.

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