Here are a few tips from StopBullying.Gov you can share with your children about how to handle bullying:
- Look at the kid bullying you and tell him or her to stop in a calm, clear voice. Try to laugh it off. This works best if joking is easy for you. It could catch the kid bullying you off guard.
- If speaking up seems too hard or not safe, walk away and stay away. Don’t fight back. Find an adult to stop the bullying on the spot.
- Talk to an adult you trust. Don’t keep your feelings inside. Telling someone can help you feel less alone. They can help you make a plan to stop the bullying.
- Stay away from places where bullying happens.
- Stay near adults and other kids. Most bullying happens when adults aren’t around.
- Camarillo Council of PTA’s Anti-Bullying Page
- Prevention of Bullying: A Community Responsibility
- 5 Ways Kids Can Be More Than Bystander
At La Mariposa…
If your child lets you know they are being bullied, speak to your child’s teacher. Students are also encouraged to report any bullying incidents they witness to their teacher. As an adult, if you witness bullying, please contact Mrs. Williams.
The Pleasant Valley School District defines bullying as:
Bullying is an action or behavior that interferes with a person’s ability to participate in or benefit from the services, activities, or privileges provided by a school.