Bullying Resources for Parents

Instructor: Carrie Soucy
Parents play a vital role in stopping bullying, which affects one in four children and often leads to emotional, academic, and health problems. Read on to learn about resources designed to help parents teach their children about bullying, identify when a child is being bullied, and address a bullying situation.

StopBullying.gov

StopBullying.gov provides a wealth of information and educational materials to help parents address and prevent bullying. These cover subjects such as:

  • How to discuss bullying and encourage open lines of communication
  • How to teach children what bullying is along with the proper methods to address it
  • How to identify warning signs that your child is being bullied or is bullying other children
  • How to support bullied children by listening, giving appropriate advice, and following up
  • How to address bullying behavior by emphasizing the seriousness of bullying and its consequences
  • How to determine the causes of bullying and avoid harsh punishment as a deterrent method
  • How to support children who witness bullying and may be afraid to intervene
  • How to assess bullying situations and understand when and how to reach out to teachers, administrators, mental health professionals, crisis hotlines, or emergency services

This site's online training center also offers courses, training modules, and tool kits for parents who want to learn more about how to get community members, such as faith leaders, teachers, and elected officials, involved in preventing bullying.

STOMP Out Bullying

STOMP Out Bullying is a non-profit organization that offers a variety of bullying prevention and response resources for parents. These include educational information about bullying, kits to help parents of bullied children generate bullying harassment notices and bullying prevention bill of rights letters, and tip sheets that can help parents:

  • Know how to respond to bullying
  • Identify signs of bullying
  • Understand the causes and effects of bullying
  • Respond to cyberbullying
  • Identify when their child is bullying or cyberbullying
  • Know what to do if their child is suicidal
  • Help children who witness bullying

This organization also offers assistance to parents interested in getting anti-bullying education programs and events included in their children's schooling.

PACER's National Bullying Prevention Center

One of the leading organizations in anti-bullying efforts, PACER's National Bullying Prevention Center offers a comprehensive, online anti-bullying guide for parents. This educational material details:

  • The definition and impact of bullying
  • Laws and policies that relate to bullying
  • How to help, support, and empower a bullied child
  • How to effectively address bullying with school staff and administrators
  • The steps parents can take to protect children from cyberbullying

This organization's book club has also recommended anti-bullying books for children in pre-kindergarten, elementary school, middle school, and high school. Templates useful for notifying school teachers and administrators of bullying behavior in writing are available as well, as are resources for parents who want to organize community or school events in an effort to raise awareness of bullying and create safer school environments.

More Information About Bullying

If you are a parent concerned about bullying or an educator assisting parents in addressing bullying, these Study.com lessons are excellent resources to help you understand the causes and impacts of bullying, along with prevention and coping techniques:

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