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Anti Bullying Week 2018: Tips for Parents and Schools

Bullying is the use of force, threat, or coercion to abuse, intimidate or aggressively dominate others. This behavior is often repeated and habitual. One essential prerequisite is the perception, by the bully or by others, of an imbalance of social or physical power, which distinguishes bullying from conflict.

Statistics in the US show about 21% of students ages 12-18 and 19% of students in grades 9–12 report being bullied on school property. 

The effects of young people who are being bullied can lead to depression, anxiety, increased feelings of sadness or loneliness, and decreased academic achievement and school participation. 

How can parents and schools help respond to bullying better:

Parents:

Parents or other carers are often the first person that a child tells about bullying at school. Sensitive and respectful responses by parents can make a difference.

Parents should:

  • Listen calmly and understand the whole story.
  • Reassure your child that they are not to blame.
  • Ask your child what they want to do and what they want you to do.
  • Contact the school.
  • Check in regularly with your child.

Schools:

A school's process for ​managing​​ bullying, harassment, discrimination and violence are key to providing a safe and supportive school environment

Schools should:

  • Try to find a positive solution for everyone.
  • Stop it happening again.
  • Restore the relationships between the students involved.
  • Responding to incidents in a constructive, supportive and timely manner is critical.

Parents working with the school is the best way to stop the bullying from happening again.

 


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