The case of Phoebe Prince hitting the headlines has ignited anger nationwide in the fight against bullying. This has caused great concerned for parents as to how their children are treated at school and if they are getting bullied, will the schools step up to help.
Everyone probably has come across a bully at one time or another in their life. According to Education.com, there is no one single cause of bullying among children; individual, family, peer, school, and community factors can place a child or youth at risk for bullying.
So, what can a parent do to help protect their child from bullies?
Quad Cities has an organization called QC Bully Free for parents in Davenport, and surrounding areas.
Their mission is to do the following:
•Coordinate a community-wide public awareness and media campaign called Take a Stand, Lend a Hand! www.stopbullyingnow.com
•Provide speakers and/or presentations on strategies on how to become a bully free community.
•Support School and community anti-bullying programs.
•Act as a referral for families, schools, and community providing access to information on anti-bullying strategies, programs, and literature.
•Engage community leaders in implementing systematic efforts to prevent bullying behavior in our schools and community.
You can also talk to your child and explain to them that they don’t have to feel embarrassed if they are being bullied. Encourage them to talk to you and assure them that together, you can come up with a solution that won’t be embarrassing-a big issue with kids- and that hurting yourself is not the answer.