3 Ways That Parents Can Help Stop Bullying

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Ways that parents can stop bullying

One out of every three children in America is directly involved in bullying either as a victim, or perpetrator, or both. This is according to figures from anti-bullying organizations, including the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (DHHS), bullypolice.org and keepschoolssafe.org. Additionally, research indicates that each day, about 160,000 students miss school due to fear of being victims of bullying. Additionally, 77% of students experience some form of bullying — physical, verbal or mental bullying. On the school playground, a child is bullied every 7 minutes. With that in mind, here are three ways to stop bullying.

Learn the Possible Signs
Since children are unlikely to tell on bullies, you should learn to recognize the potential signs of bullying. According to the DHHS, such signs include unexplained injuries, avoiding school activities or recess, lost or damaged property such as books and clothing, nightmares, sudden loss of friends and self-destructive behaviors, among others. If you spot these signs, you should take action to establish whether your suspicions are correct or not. Some of the measures you should take include talking with your child’s teacher, finding a way to observe your child’s peer interactions discreetly, establish household anti-bullying rules and talking to your child about bullying.

Spend time at School/Recess
Research indicates that about 70% of school bullying happens in the absence of adults. This is because schools generally lack adequate resources to monitor all students at the same time. For this reason, you should regularly spend some time at your child’s school. Better yet, find ways to involve yourself with your child’s school activities. For instance, you can volunteer regularly to organize school events and activities. Of course, you should use such opportunities to talk to your child’s teacher about your child.

Bully Proof your Child

Simply stated, this entails taking various measures aimed at building your child’s self-esteem and confidence. Some of the measures you can take to achieve this goal include inspiring positive emotions, providing the necessary social support, teaching problem-solving skills and helping your child find and excel in a hobby. One of the best ways to build your child’s confidence is to enroll him/her in a self-defense class. This is because a child with a lot of self-confidence and self-defense skills is unlikely to be targeted by school bullies. Additionally, you should encourage your child to read books that teach the importance of being nice to others. One such book is “Pottymouth and Stoopid” by James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein.

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About Pottymouth and Stoopid

David and his best friend Michael were tagged with awful nicknames way back in preschool when everyone did silly things. Fast-forward to seventh grade: “Pottymouth” and “Stoopid” are still stuck with the names—and everyone in school, including the teachers and their principal, believe the labels are true. So how do they go about changing everyone’s minds? By turning their misery into megastardom on TV, of course! Follow their roller-coaster journey from the ultimate losers to the biggest winners, with more than 100 hilarious illustrations in this signature Patterson format. And this important story delivers more than just laughs—it shows that the worst bullying doesn’t have to be physical . . . and that things will get better.


My son loves to read and really enjoyed reading this book. He will be starting middle school in September so I thought this book would be a great way to slowly introduce him to some of the challenges he might face. The book also led to many great discussions about bullying and how not to be a bully.

Z.E.N. reading Pottymouth and Stoopid


School bullying is a significant problem in America, with one out of every three children directly involved in this vice. For this reason, parents and teachers should help kids deal with bullies. The three anti-bullying tips discussed in this article are a good starting point.

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About the author


Diane is a New Jersey-based writer and blogger. She is a wife and the mom of a 13-year old boy. Through her blog, she wants to inspire moms to find Zen in their lives while offering practical tips and other valuable information to help families deal with everyday issues. Contact her at dianenassy@gmail.com

3 Ways That Parents Can Help Stop Bullying

by Diane time to read: 3 min