- To find out what’s going on at school, and what types of situations your child may face, have your child describe events that he/she interprets as bullying.
- Who did what, what happened afterwards, what the school has said about bullying, and what to do when it happens.
- Next, talk about what works and what doesn’t in those situations. Ask your child whom he has seen handle the bullying well and who hasn’t responded appropriately.
- Come up with a 2 or 3 step reaction process that’s easy to remember. You might practice his/her defense.
- Emphasize that an adult should know what happened and that this shared information is not “tattling.” Mind this is a tough conversation as teen want to protect their parents while proving they can handle their world by themselves.
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Parental Homework for Anti-Bullying Defenses
On my last post, I gave readers tips and links for parents to practice anti-bullying defenses at home with their teen. Now, I am giving you additional suggestions from Donna A. Henderson, Professor at Wake Forest’s Counseling Department: