Bullying is a widespread problem from elementary school all the way through adulthood. With today's social media and apps, cyberbullying is on the minds of many concerned parents. Bottom-line, any form of bullying is not something you or your child should endure. We hope the resources below will offer the tools and information to help our children avoid exhibiting bullying behavior, as well as effectively spot and address it when they or others are targeted.
Families Connected Parent Resources
Families Connected parent video and tip sheet to help foster empathy and compassion
Critical parenting tip: don’t confuse conflict with bullying
When our child suffers a social injury, it’s easy to conclude that he or she has been bullied. While this may be the case, experts suggest that the term bullying is best reserved for repeated, one-way aggression against someone who cannot defend him or herself effectively. (Source: Lisa Damour article featured in national resource section of this page.)
The teen perspective
Why 'Kill Them with Kindness' Doesn't Always Work, by Jillian Reed
Insight from experts and parents
Bullying in Middle School: How to Love the Victim and the Bully, By Charmaine Mitchel
Related parent resources on the Families Connected website
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Recommended National Article
How to Help Teens and Tweens Manage Social Conflict by Lisa Damour, (NY Times)
Recommended National Videos
"In the last few years, awareness about bullying has increased dramatically. Some adults may still think bullying is just a youthful rite of passage, but it seems worse than in previous generations for many parents, educators and kids". - Anderson Cooper
Click on any image to access the recommended pages on these national resource websites.
Start with this outstanding resource from StopBullying.gov that provides modern information about bullying and cyberbullying and important guidelines and insight for us to know and share with our children.
Common Sense Media provides outstanding resources and information for parents, educators and advocates in a modern, easy to navigate website.
ConnectSafely.org offers a downloadable Parent Guide to Cyberbullying prevention.
10 steps to stop and prevent bullying, plus additional recommended resources from the National Education Association.
Anti-bullying guides and recommendations provided by the American Psychological Association, including insight for parents and kids.