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Bullying FAQs


How can we help our children if they are bullied?
  • Help build your child’s self-esteem. 

  • Role play what children can do if and when a bully situation happens. 

  • Teach empathy and acceptance through modeling. 

  • Make character a verb. 

  • Have access to all of your children’s online accounts and build a trusting relationship. 

  • Take bullying seriously and work with your child’s school if there are problems. 


Once a bully, always a bully?


Bullying behavior is learned. The good news? Children can unlearn these behaviors. It is easier to change these behaviors at an earlier age. It is important that we do not label children as bullies. They are kids who have made a bad choice and can choose to make better choices in the future.


What can a school do to reduce bullying?


Remember that a truly effective way reduce bullying in schools is to incorporate a number of strategies. A single author visit or assembly program is not the solution but following up the visit with the following will help! 

  • Educate families and staff on what was taught in the assembly 

  • Create a school-wide bullying policy 

  • Build empathy and kindness with team activities

  • Make character a verb and teach character trait lessons at all grade levels

  • Empower bystanders to be problem solvers and stand up for others


What can I do to help my child before bullying is a problem?
  • Illustrate the difference between mean actions and bullying behavior. Bullying is when hurtful actions are repeated and intentional. Often times, mean actions happen once or twice and are unintentional.

  • Be a role model to your children to foster empathy and positive behaviors

  • Try to have a zero gossiping and criticizing policy in your home so that children do not think these behaviors are appropriate

  • Admit to your mistakes

  • Teach your child to be a problem solver. To try and figure out a solution to a problem but if they need help, be sure they know it's okay to go to an adult for help.

  • Help your child identify what their role was in the bully situation. Were they the bystander, upstander, bully or victim?

  • Brainstorm what they could do differently in the future. What worked and what didn't work and why?

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