Parents, school staff, and other caring adults have a role to play in preventing bullying, according to stopbullying.gov. They can:
- Help kids understand bullying. Talk about what bullying is and how to stand up to it safely. Tell kids bullying is unacceptable. Make sure kids know how to get help.
- Keep the lines of communication open. Check in with kids often. Listen to them. Know their friends, ask about school, and understand their concerns.
- Encourage kids to do what they love. Special activities, interests, and hobbies can boost confidence, help kids make friends, and protect them from bullying behavior.
- Model how to treat others with kindness and respect. Read More
Free App to Help Parents Talk with Kids about Bullying
October is National Bullying Prevention Month, and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), in partnership with StopBullying.gov, has created a free app to help parents talk with their children about bullying. Research shows that spending at least 15 minutes a day talking with your children can build stronger relationships, develop their ability to resist peer pressure, and help prevent bullying.
The app features include:
- Tips about bullying for specific age groups: 3-6, 7-13, and teens.
- Warning signs to help you recognize when your child is bullying, being bullied, or witnessing bullying.
- Links to trustworthy, screened online information about bullying.
- Conversation starters to help you talk with your child.
- Set reminders to talk with your child.
- Resources for educators on how to prevent bullying in the classroom and how to support children being bullied.
The free app is available for both iPhone and Android.