CHICOPEE, Mass. (Mass Appeal) 25 to 33 % of school children report having been bullied, the highest incidence happening during middle school … so what can you do you stop it? Ken Dolan-Del Vecchio, Author, Family Therapist, Health and Wellness Executive shared ideas.
1. Define bullying
2. Bullying in the workplace – underlying bullying
3. Target is seen as someone “Different”
4. Bullies hide their negativity to other people
5. What you can do if your child is being bullied
- Listen and believe.
- Empathize regarding how painful this feels.
- Reinforce that this is not your child’s fault,
- Share a story about a time when you or someone close to you was bullied.
- Let your child know that bullying cannot usually be stopped by the person on the receiving end. .
- Find a “safe person” – adult at school
- Promptly talk with your child’s teacher and other school officials. (senior manager at work intervene)
- Be an “upstander,” not a bystander: confront the behavior.
- If you don’t feel safe confronting the bully, talk with others whom you respect and work together on an intervention plan.
6. If you or your child engage in bullying behavior:
- Take responsibility
- The National Domestic Violence Hotline, a great source of help, is available 24/7/365 at 800-799-7233.