Bullying: How to Identify It and How to Handle It

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Parents, do you know how to identify and address bullying? Read below for a guide that a few staff from our mental health team put together to learn how to recognize the signs and support your child.

How do we identify bullying behavior?

  • Repeated (It is a pattern)
  • Aggressive/Hurtful
  • Between peers
  • Unwanted

Types of bullying behavior:

  • Physical
  • Verbal
  • Cyber
  • Social]

Prevention tips for parents:

  • Teach your children that bullying behavior thrives on attention.
  • Reinforce respect for differences between people.
  • Ignore it, then tell an adult.
  • Teach respectful ways to communicate.
  • Talk about bullying behavior you see/notice in media (tv shows, movies) and discuss with your children.
  • Check-in regularly with your children. Ask what’s going on in their lives at school, during activities, or in the neighborhood.

If your child is being bullied:

  • Listen calmly and without judgment.
  • Remind them it’s not their fault.
  • Validate feelings, reassure them of their strengths and good qualities.
  • Help them problem- solve: what should they do if it happens again? How should they handle it?

If your child is bullying others:

  • Listen calmly and without judgment.
  • Ask them “what led to this?” (Avoid “why?”)
  • Help them problem-solve and identify different choices and behaviors.
  • Model how to treat others with kindness and empathy.