They feel isolated. They have a hard time adjusting socially. Some can’t control their anger.

Research shows children who are bullied often have academic problems, too.

Talk with your child and ask questions. If she’s being bullied:

  • Tell her she made the right decision to tell you about the bullying. Encourage her to give you details.
  • Empathize with her feelings. Assure her it’s perfectly normal for her to feel sad, angry or embarrassed.
  • Find out if she’s done anything to stop the bullying. Has she reported it to the teacher? Encourage her to do so.
  • Guide her in handling the bullying situations. Tell her to walk away, and avoid or ignore the children who tease her. Suggest she stand near an adult when possible.
  • Help her build new relationships. Find activities for her—outside of school—where she can meet new friends. Invite new friends over after school.
  • If possible, volunteer for school activities such as playground patrol or field trip chaperone.
  • Discuss the bullying problem with your child’s teacher.
  • Don’t confront the bully or the bully’s family yourself.

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