Help Kids Handle Bullying


(NAPSA)—There’s good news, bad news and better news when it comesto children being bullied. The good news is that the incidence of bullying among teens is at an all-time low. The bad newsis that one in five kids still experiences bullying. The better newsis that there are steps that parents, teachers and others can take to prevent the problem. What To Do About Bullying 1. Spend at least 15 minutes a day talking with your child. Research shows this can build the foundation for a strong relationship, boost your children’s confidence and build effective strategies for facing bullying—whetherchil- dren are being bullied, engaging in bullying or witnessing bullying. 2.Know what’s going on at school, who their friends are and any challenges they face. Read class newsletters and school flyers. Check the school website, go to school events, meet teachers and counselors at “Back to School” night. Know howto reach the parents of classmates. 3. Encourage kids to speak to a trusted adult if they are feeling unsafe or are bullied, or see others being bullied. The adult can give comfort, support and advice, even if he or she can’t solve the problem directly. Sharing concerns and fears with a safe and caring adult can bring about meaningful solutions. 4. Talk about how to stand up to kids whobully. Give tips, including using humor and saying “stop” directly and confidently. Talk about what to do if those actions don’t work, such as walking away or seeking help from an adult. 5.Talk about strategies for staying safe, such as staying near adults or groupsof other kids. 6. Urge kids to help others who are bullied by showing kindnessor getting assistance from an adult. 7.Model treating others with kindnessandrespect. Kids learn by observing adults. Even if it seems Bullying SAMHSA A new mobile app can put the power to prevent bullying in your hand. demonstrate healthy communication and behavior. 8.Have your kids take part in activities, interests and hobbies in and outside of school. This will give them a chance to have fun and meet others with the same interests, building confidence and friendships. 9.Get help from the mobile app KnowBullying. Created by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that deals with substance abuse and mentalillness, the app features: *Conversation Starters: Suggested ways to start easy, mean- ingful conversations with your children, and tips on where and when to talk. *Tips: Strategies to prevent bullying for ages 3 to 6, 7 to 18, and teens. Warning Signs: Waysto recognize if your child is engaging in bullying, being bullied or witnessing bullying. *Social Media: Avenues to review and share successful strategies and useful advice via Facebook, Twitter, email and text messages. A Section for Educators: Information geared to teachers on how to prevent bullying in the classroom and support children whoarebeing bullied. The KnowBullying app also has useful tips for how to deal with cyberbullies, how to work with schools on this issue, and how to kids watch how adults manage find and reach out to mental health services or other supports. they treat their friends, colleagues and families. By treating others with kindness and respect, adults You can download the app and find other information and resources at www.samhsa. gov. like they are not paying attention, stress and conflict, as well as how Learn More