By Danielle Lankford, Communications Specialist
October is anti-bullying month, a great time to refresh on how to handle bullies for students, teachers, and parents. But what exactly is bullying? According to stopbullying.gov an act of bullying is "unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time. Bullying includes actions such as making threats, spreading rumors, attacking someone physically or verbally, and excluding someone from a group on purpose."
Sometimes, a child may be bullied at school, but does not alert the teacher to the behavior. Therefore, it's important for parents to also be aware of what constitutes bullying, and what you as a parent can do about it. That's why we've put together for you a list of Top 5 online resources that explain how to recognize bullying, how to talk to your child about it, and what to do if it happens to your child.
The Bully Project - The Bully Project has all the downloadable resources you would ever need when dealing with bullying, and they even have some in Spanish too! Check out this page for everything from action lists to prevention tips to questions to ask your student if you suspect they are being bullied.
Stop Bullying. GOV - A very short and sweet list of what you as parents can do when it comes to stopping bullying. This list is straightforward, but very informative.
National Bullying Prevention Center - The National Bullying Prevention Center site has videos and stories you can share with your child when talking about bullying and resources on everything from bullying statistics to how to handle bullying when your child has a disability. They also have a section that talks about how to get involved with their anti-bullying campaigns.
Anti-Bullying Pro - This site helps parents understand bullying, how you can support your child if they are experiencing bullying, and most importantly, to learn the laws surrounding bullying.
STOMP Out Bullying - A great list for parents of actions to take, if you find out that your child has been bullied. There are also resources on this site for recognizing bullying behavior, cyberbullying, and what to do if your child is exhibiting bullying behaviors.
Staysafe.org's Guide on Internet Safety for Teens - A great holistic resource for teaching teens how to be safe online