Thursday, September 22, 2011

Stopping Bullying: Most Important Tips

When Your Child Is Bullied: Real Solutions for Families
By: J.E. DiMarco and M.K. Newman
"Most Important Tip List:

       ·        Do not tell your child to ignore the bullying
·       Reassure your child that he/she will be protected and you will not stop until there is a complete    
           solution in place
·       Document all facts of each instance of bullying
·       Develop a plan to stop the bullying with the school. Work respectfully and collaboratively, but   
           aggressively with the school to develop a plan. Make certain you, as the parent, lead the 
          solution and play a very active role.
·       Use all of your community resources:
     a.     School social workers/guidance counselors
     b.     Teachers
     c.     Superintendent
    d.     School Board
    e.     School nurse
    f.      Therapists/psychologists
    g.     Coaches
    h.     Members of law enforcement
    i.      Attorneys
·       Act quickly, comprehensively and early.  The longer the bullying goes on, the more difficult the      
           situation becomes for your child and your family.
·       There are real solutions that work, be persistent
·       Never: allow your child to participate in “peer to peer resolution”, this only re-victimizes the 
           victim and angers the bully

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