Many kids are embarrassed to be bullied and may not tell their parents or another adult right away. If your child comes to you and asks for help with a bully, take it seriously. Many times, if kids aren't taken seriously the first time they ask for help, they don't ask again. Even if your child doesn't turn to you for help, you can watch for these warning signs that he or she is being bullied:
If you think your child is being bullied or if your child has told you that he or she is being bullied, you can help. Parents are often the best resource to build a child's self-confidence and teach him or her how to best solve problems. Here are a few ways you can help:
Stand For The Silent
Stand for the Silent is a parent-led organization to empower students to create a culture of kindness and end bullying.
Website full of resources about how to talk about bullying, how to bring anti-bullying programs to your school and state policies and laws.
Founded in 2006, PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center unites, engages and educates communities nationwide to address bullying through creative, relevant and interactive resources. PACER’s bullying prevention resources are designed to benefit all students, including students with disabilities.
How to Stop Bullying
Website Resource that provides information about stopping harassment before it causes permanent damage
Bullystoppers.com was the first free bully reporting web site (2001) and it remains unique...and free. Students are offered an anonymous method to report bullying which can be viewed by school officials to take action. Registration is not required and using names in reports is not permitted. This is to prevent false reports and to protect the identity of students who make reports. Schools can include Bullystoppers.com reporting in their bullying prevention efforts The site also provides information on what is bullying, strategies and skills to deal with and avoid bullying and life skills for children.
Olweus Bullying Prevention Program
The Olweus Bullying Prevention Program is designed for students in elementary, middle, and junior high schools (students ages five to fifteen years old). Research has shown that OBPP is also effective in high schools, with some program adaptation. All students participate in most aspects of the program, while students identified as bullying others, or as targets of bullying, receive additional individualized interventions.
The Olweus Bullying Prevention Program is designed to improve peer relations and make schools safer, more positive places for students to learn and develop.
This website also has information on bullying, harassment and hazing laws and policies by State that adults can look up. http://www.violencepreventionworks.org/public/bullying_laws.page
Futures without Violence
Everyone has the right to live free of violence. Futures Without Violence, formerly Family Violence Prevention Fund, works to prevent and end violence against women and children around the world.
GetNetWise is a public service brought to you by Internet industry corporations and public interest organizations to help ensure that Internet users have safe, constructive, and educational or entertaining online experiences. The GetNetWise coalition wants Internet users to be just "one click away" from the resources they need to make informed decisions about their and their family's use of the Internet.
The Prejudice Institute
To promote better understanding of the causes and effects of prejudice, intergroup conflict, and violence.