Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18Dear Parents, You can probably remember being picked on or teased when you were young. It was generally seen as part of growing up. But today’s world is more complicated, and now children are dealing with bullies not only at school, but also online—and the online bullying can take place 24/7. As a parent, it’s important to talk to your child about bullying. Make it clear that you believe that bullying is wrong, and that it is never justified. Let your child know that you are open to hearing about problems, and that you want your child to come to you if he/she is ever singled out unfairly. Assure your child that you understand how difficult it can be to deal with bullies, and that you will work with your child to ensure that whatever you do will help the situation. Bullies often target students who are passive or quiet. Encourage your child to stand tall, walk confidently, look people in the eye, and use body language that shows self-confidence. (A self-defense class or martial arts training can often help a child feel more confident.) Be aware of what’s happening online, and set limits. Consider keeping your home computer in a common space, such as the family room. Set a time at night when all cell phones must be turned off and docked in a central location. Encourage your child to be involved in school activities. They will help your child develop friendships and feel more connected. Spend one-on-one time with your child, and regularly talk about what’s happening at school and with friends. FOR PARENTS How you can help prevent/stop bullying 14