In the previous two posts, I have been covering the very sensitive topic of bullying. In this post I will outline additional steps parents can take to deal with a bullying situation.
If the bullying is occurring at school, contact your child's teacher and principal and let them know what is going on. Be sure to tell your child's teacher and principal the facts that your child reported to you. School officials must be involved in order for anything significant to change. If the bullying does not stop after your first contact, call your child's school again. Express to them that the bullying situation has not stopped and find out what steps they have taken so far to stop the bullying.
It is important to get your child's school involved. Remember that teachers have many students to keep up with and simply cannot monitor every interaction that occurs on school grounds. Furthermore, most bullying occurs when school personnel are not readily available to intervene, such as in the bathroom, at the bus stop, etc. If you make an effort to work collaboratively with your child's teacher and principal, the problem can generally be resolved in a reasonable amount of time. Look for my final post in this series coming soon!