Ask your child what he or she thinks should be done.
What’s already been tried? What worked and what didn’t?
Seek help from your child’s teacher or the school guidance counselor. Most bullying occurs on playgrounds, in lunchrooms, and bathrooms, on school buses or in unsupervised halls.
Don’t encourage your child to fight back. Instead, suggest that he or she try walking away to avoid the bully, or that they seek help from a teacher, coach, or other adult.
Help your child practice being assertive. The simple act of insisting that the bully leave him alone may have a surprising effect. Help your child practice what to say to the bully so he or she will be prepared the next time.
Explain to your child that the bully’s true goal is to get a response.
Encourage your child to be with friends when traveling back and forth from school, during shopping trips, or on others outings. Bullies are less likely to pick on a child in a group.
If your child becomes withdrawn, depressed or reluctant to go to school or if you see a decline in school performance, additional consultation or intervention may be required. Seeking professional assistance earlier can lessen the risk of lasting emotional consequences for your child.