Division of Student Services
Bullying and Harassment
Parents are the first teachers of all behaviors – good and bad. Since behavior patterns begin at home, it is important to teach your child good communication and social skills. A child who has bonded well with his/her parents and feels warmth and caring from them is much less likely to resort to bullying behavior with peers. The way a child is disciplined at home will establish a pattern for his/her interaction with other children in school. A parent who disciplines a child with yelling or hitting is teaching a child to react in that manner with other people. Often a child who exhibits bullying behavior in school has been the target of that behavior in the home.
Parents need to be cognizant of their children's behavior, appearance, and mood, both for signs of the child being bullied or engaging in bullying behavior. Torn clothes, bruises, loss of appetite, mood changes, and reluctance to go to school are all signs that something is wrong. These are all signs that a child is probably being bullied. Many children fall deeper and deeper into depression as a result of long term bullying. Signs that a child is engaging in bullying behavior might be impulsiveness, showing no empathy for others, or a desire to be in control. Children who bully are often arrogant and boastful winners and poor losers when they engage in competitive games. Parents should also set adequate limits for a child's behavior at home and not allow aggression toward siblings, other family members and peers. Below are some helpful links to help support you in the most important job you’ll ever have - Parenting!