Learn How You Can Help Kids Prevent or Overcome Bullying
Bullying is a significant problem nationwide, with far-reaching consequences for victims, witnesses, school staff, and the bullies themselves. According to a study published in the School Psychology Review,1 more than 70 percent of young people have seen bullying in their schools—and even homeschooled and virtual school students are not immune.
Bullying can occur in neighborhoods, organizations, and the workplace, as well as via electronic devices and online. With the problem so widespread, it’s important to educate your family about the types of bullying and how to handle them. In recognition of the tenth anniversary of National Bullying Prevention Month, we’ve gathered some excellent resources you can use with your children.
- Get a helpful overview of the types of bullying, risk factors, and steps your family can take to prevent bullying at StopBullying.gov, a website managed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
On this site, you can watch an interactive slide show and videos to learn how your student can safely be more than a bystander when encountering bullying situations. You can also view information from a student’s or parent’s viewpoint, find a helpful FAQ, and take a bullying prevention pledge.
- Books that feature bullying situations can get kids thinking. Try reading an age-appropriate book with your child and using it as a discussion starter for the whole family. Visit the PACER Center’s book list—it includes books about bullying, with selections for all ages.
- Coach your students on safety while surfing the web and using electronic devices. Download an information sheet of tips for teaching your student about cyberbullying.
- Learn how to properly handle bullying and recognize the warning signs, and much more, using KnowBullying, a free app produced by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
- Find activities, crafts, and learning activities to help raise awareness about bullying on the Connections Academy Pinterest board.
- Start a conversation with your family about the negative effects that bullying and name-calling can have on others—download Taking a Stand, a student guide published by the Anti-Defamation League.
- Consider sharing student-oriented bullying prevention websites with your child. Here are a few informative selections:
- PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center offers websites to educate younger children and teenagers through activities and inspiration.
- StopBullying.gov offers games and animated videos about bullying prevention on their children’s website.
- Children can find advice, games, and McGruff the Crime Dog on the National Crime Prevention Council’s student website.
Parent involvement is key to helping children learn how to avoid and confidently handle bullying situations. We hope you will use these resources to educate your family and make a difference in your community! Check back for more information and resources about bullying awareness and prevention throughout October.
How have you helped your child learn to avoid or overcome bullying? Share your stories in the comments.
1 School Psychology Review 36 (3), 361–82.