Bullying is a serious problem that we hear about all too frequently from parents and children. We believe that bullying has
long-term and lasting effects on everyone involved, including parents. Nothing is more painful than to know that your child is
being bullied and to feel helpless to know how best to respond.
As a young boy, Jim was bullied. I think he may have felt much the same as your child - hoping that it would get better and
not wanting to draw any more attention. Unfortunately, the messages Jim and all of the other children who are bullied often
say to themselves is negative. "I must not be ok. Other kids don't like me. I must be bad."
Please know that bullying is not ok. It is not acceptable behavior at any stage of a child's development. While it is important
that schools get involved to support children that are being bullied, it is often depended on the parents to provide their child
with the specific tools necessary to combat bullying.
We have found several resources that are effective, authentic and helpful. SuEllen Fried of Prairie Village, Kansas has
studied the topic of bullying for many years. We find her advice very sound. She has co-author a book on bullying with
Blanche Sosland "Banishing Bullying Behavior" (Rowman & Littlefield Education), and she gives anti-bullying seminars in
schools around the country. www.bullysafeusa.com