Tips to help support your bullied child

By: Dr. Steve Salvatore, Co-Owner of AAPT

Is your child being bullied at school?  One of the best ways to help is to get him involved at school.  Studies show that schools that build positive connections between the staff and students have a lower incidence of bullying.  Be sure to let the teachers and the school principal know that bullying is occurring.  The child that’s causing the bullying needs counseling to understand the consequences of his actions.  Talk to your child and let him know that he shouldn’t blame himself when people are mean to him.  Encourage him to write out or draw his feelings in a picture.  Sometimes this type of expressive therapy can be very helpful.  Most importantly, your child needs to connect with a peer group for support and friendship.  Be proactive – the bullying needs to be diffused quickly because it can escalate.

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