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How to Help a Child Being Bullied

Courtesy of Positive Coaching Alliance

"38% of kids find it challenging to talk to their parents about their struggles, including loneliness and feeling excluded." -The 2022 Choose Kindness Project Survey, conducted by Ipsos.

What is Bullying?

The three major indicators of bullying are behavior that:

  • unwanted and intentionally aggressive.
  • Involves an imbalance of power between two people who are not friends.
  • Is repeated over time.

"More than ⅓ of teens reported they have been bullied in the past year, but that number is significantly higher for some groups. Bullying happens in different places, but respondents most frequently report incidents at school." -The 2022 Choose Kindness Project Survey, conducted by Ipsos

What are the warning signs your child is being bullied?

If your child is persistently and intentionally being hurt, either physically, emotionally, or psychologically, and unable to make the situation stop, they are likely being bullied.

Some common warning signs include:

  • Physical: unexplainable injuries, lost or destroyed items

  • Mental Health: Anxiety, avoiding school or friends, sadness, irritability, mood changes, physical ailments, etc.

What can I do if my child is being bullied?

This Playbook contains many details to support these 4-steps, including key points for talking to your child, examples of counterproductive advice, resources for helping your child, tips for speaking with the school, book recommendations, and more.

  • Prepare to talk to your child.
  • Talk to your child.
  • Work with your child to develop an action plan.
  • Work with the school to take action.