Parents need to be aware of whether or not bullying is a problem in their child’s school, but more important is fostering an open and supportive relationship with their child so they feel comfortable confiding.
Richard Zwolinski, is a psychotherapist and addiction specialist with more than 25 years of experience. He also serves as a consultant to organizations in the field of mental health and addiction. He has served on the Ethics Committee for New York State Mental Health Counselors Association for the last eight years. He is also the author of the book “Therapy Revolution: Find Help, Get Better, and Move on Without Wasting Time or Money.”
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Validating your child’s experience is essential, and remember, you’re not alone. Many teachers and principals are responsive to this issue, if not, contact your local education department or anti-bullying programs. SafeKids.com and other sites have suggestions about where to go for help.
In addition to Stop Bullying Now Foundation, schools can choose any one of numerous anti-bullying programs, which address the topic for elementary to high school students. Some programs includin Rachel’s Challenge which brings its programs to more than 1000 American schools each year; Pacer’s National Bullying Prevention Center; Just Say Yes, Not In Our School; Brian Williams of Think Kindness, a unique kindness-promoting program which uniquely and indirectly addresses bullying for younger students (see video, below); and many more.