Parent Resource: "WHEN A BULLY TARGETS YOUR CHILD" (Wall St. Journal)
Published by The Wall Street Journal
Sept. 13, 2016
Written by Sue Shellenbarger
Many children will encounter bullying at school for the first time this fall, and parents are often at a loss about how to respond. WSJ’s Sue Shellenbarger joins Lunch Break and explains when and how should a parent should approach a teacher if their child is being bullied.
Of all the challenges that school brings for students and their parents, one of the most unwelcome and worrying is bullying.
Bullying starts as early as first grade and peaks in middle school. About 1 in 5 students report being bullied each year, and figuring out how to respond is difficult. A parent’s first impulse—whether to fly into a rage and call the bully’s parents or dismiss the whole thing as “kid stuff”—is not necessarily the right path.
There is new understanding of bullying as a complex, multifarious problem that doesn’t lend itself to one-size-fits-all responses. Educators and psychologists are placing more emphasis on teaching students coping skills, encouraging children to tell adults when they’re bullied, and having parents work with teachers and school administrators to resolve problems.
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