Finding out that your child is being bullied can stir up a lot of feelings including anger and powerlessness.
So how can you help?
- Believe your child when they tell you. It’s important they feel heard and reassured.
- Try not to be reactive and angry with their information.
- Listen, clarify and focus on what your child is saying. Repeat details they have told you to ensure you have a clear picture of the events they are telling you about.
- Decide together what needs to happen next. It’s important they feel part of the decision/options.
- Don’t tell them to just ignore it. Your child needs to feel supported and understand that this is not their fault.
- If the bullying is happening at school, make an appointment to meet with the teacher. An appointment will give you more time for you and the teacher to focus on your child.
- Write things down before the appointment begins. Be clear about what you want to change/achieve and work with the school.
- Have regular reviews with your child, the teacher, and anyone else involved.
- Consider seeking emotional support for yourself so that you can keep your feelings/past experiences away from the current situation.
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