IT CAN BE DIFFICULT TO DISCOVER AND
to acknowledge that your own child is a bully. Bullying other students is obviously not something a child will talk about at home. But if several of the points described under "Who Bullies?' fit your child, you should take this seriously and look more closely into the matter.
Bullying can be seen as a part of a general pattern of anti-social and rule-breaking behavior. Children who are bullies during their school years are at a much higher risk of later becoming involved in crime, misuse of alcohol, tobacco, and illegal drugs. If your child is bullying others, it is important to break this pattern, not just for the sake of the victim, but also for your own child's sake.
child is being bullied by other students and the school has not already informed you of the situation, then it is important that you contact the school immediately. Parents should have the right to expect the school to take this seriously and to investigate the facts in the case. This will usually involve talks with you and your child, with the suspected bully or bullies and with other students in the class. Also, if appropriate, talks with a number of other parents (for example, the parents of the bullies) who may have important information to contribute.
Once the facts are on the table, a detailed plan must be drawn up of how you and the school together can put an end to the bullying.
PARENTS AND SCHOOLS SHOULD TAKE "BULLYING" SERIOUSLY, INVESTIGATE THE FACTS, AND WORK TOGETHER FOR A HEALTHY SOLUTION.
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