It is emotionally wrenching to see your child being hurt or bullied in any way. You are actually fortunate if you know about it because at least then you can take action. It is even harder when your child is suffering in silence, when you see something is very wrong, but you cannot get to the bottom of the situation. This section is for you. What can you do to help your children weather the storm of peer aggression?
- Start by reading The Five Critical Steps for Parents. We have condensed some of the best ideas from dozens of books for an easy overview of the problem. You can also watch our brief webinar The Langauge of Peer Aggression to learn the basics of peer aggression and bullying. For more background information and handouts on peer aggression, click here.
- Once you have an understanding of peer aggression, you may find it beneficial to gather a group of friends and other concerned parents into a discussion group. We have taken The Five Critical Steps and added a facilitation and discussion guide to help your group come together, share experiences, and become problem solvers together.
- Cyberbullying can be a particularly concerning issue for many parents as these technologies did not exist when they were growing up. To help learn more about the issue of cyberbullying and how you can protect your child, we have developed Information for Adults about Cyberbullying.
- We've seen dozens of parents lead the charge and bring safety to the forefront of their school's concerns and we have tools to help you. Read the Talking To Your Child's School About Aggression and Bullying handout. Consider starting parent discussion groups in each grade level of your child's school or provide copies of Ophelia Project curriculum to your child's teachers and administrators.