Or whether their own child is bullying others: are they aggressive, have low self-esteem or like to be in charge of others, again among other traits.
A simple way to find out is to talk about bullying. Parents should teach their children what bullying is – from on the playground to being online – and tell them that bullying is unacceptable. If a child feels he or she is being bullied, they should seek out a parent or trusted adult. And if immediately threatened, the child can show humor to deflect the situation, learn to say “stop this” confidently, or walk away.
The information is available by talking with a school official or by visiting websites, such as www.stopbullying.gov.
Bullies have been with us forever. Now, with the Internet and digital communications, bullies can find new ways to try to intimidate others.
Today is an opportune time to have that discussion with your child about bullies.
In summary School districts need to provide comprehensive anti-bullying programs and promote them year-round.