Tips for Helping Bullies

Standing up and letting it be known that you will not tolerate bullying and helping the victim is a great way to help stop bullying. Get active and participate in anti-bullying campaigns, such as Pink T-Shirt Day is something else you can do.

These are really only first steps, though.

Here are some other things that you can do:

  • Meet with your child’s teacher, principal, or school counsellor – whether your child is the victim, or if you think they may be the bully. Discuss the issue.
  • Help children who exhibit bullying to learn positive behaviours – teach friendship skills.
  • Nurture empathy. One way to start this early is through the Roots of Empathy school program. If your school doesn’t have a program, talk to them about starting!
  • Find an appropriate outlet for aggression.
  • Devise strategies for rewarding positive behaviours.
  • Talk to your kids about bullying.
  • Model respect and kindness.
  • Take bullying seriously – it’s not just ‘a phase’, or ‘kids will be kids’.
  • Talk to a professional – or encourage kids to talk to someone. Kids Help Phone is one resource

What do you think?