Bullying Prevention

According to educational sources, here are some things you can do to help your child become more aware of bullying behaviors:

  • Encourage your child to talk about how to make friends, how they treat their friends and how to be a good friend.
  • Discuss with your child what bullying is and what kinds of behaviors demonstrate bullying.
  • As you watch television with your child, help him or her identify language, dialogue, or actions that demonstrate bullying behavior, such as "put downs" or "jokes" in comedy shows.
  • As your child deals with bullying situations at home or school, be open to discussing ways in which he or she can handle those situations. Discuss how to avoid bullying situations.
  • Help your child become sensitive to his or her own behaviors or language that may be of a bullying nature as he or she deals with siblings or friends.

Conflict vs. Bullying:

A conflict is a disagreement that happens when people want different things. The people involved in a conflict have equal power to solve the problem. They are not purposely trying to hurt each other.

Bullying is unfair and one-sided. It happens when someone keeps hurting, frightening, threatening, or leaving someone out on purpose.

5 ways to handle a Bullying situation:

  • Walk away; find your own friends
  • Tell an adult and get the teasing stopped fast
  • Ignore the tease, which takes the fun out of it
  • Stand up for yourself without fighting
  • Do what you feel is right, not what others tell you to do

Reporting vs. Tattling

Reporting Tattling
Purpose to keep someone safe To get someone in trouble
Need help from an adult You can solve the problem
Important Unimportant
Harmful or dangerous Harmless
Behavior is on purpose Behavior is an accident


Olweus Bullying Prevention Program (PDF 214 KB)

National Coalition Building Institute (PDF 27 KB)

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