Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior that can happen at any age, including among school-aged children. Experiencing bullying can lead to lasting social, emotional, academic, and mental health issues. Bullying tactics can include making threats, spreading rumors, attacking someone physically or verbally, or intentionally excluding a person from a group. Bullying that takes place in a virtual environment is known as cyberbullying.
What Can Parents Do?
Parents and caregivers play a key role in helping children who are affected by bullying. It can be difficult to know how to talk to children about this issue, so here are some resources to help you prepare to have important conversations about bullying:
- Learn about the warning signs that might indicate your child is affected by bullying.
- Download KnowBullying, a free app from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, for tips on talking to kids about bullying.
- Educate yourself about preventing bullying and how to respond if you witness bullying.
- Visit the Department of Health and Human Services Stop Bullying website for educational resources and detailed information on recognizing and preventing cyberbullying.
Your Employee Assistance Program is here to help
Your Employee Assistance Program (EAP) provides free and confidential support to families who are experiencing bullying. Help is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. For more information, contact your Component EAP, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org