Call 1-800-273-8255 FOR HELP
Bullying can affect you in many ways. You may lose sleep or feel sick. You may want to skip school. You may even be thinking about suicide. If you are feeling hopeless or helpless or know someone that is, please call the LIFELINE at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) .
Help your child deal with bullying by talking to teachers, administrators, and staff and by taking advantage of the following resources (files in bold are downloadable PDFs):
How to talk with educators at your child’s school about bullying - Get advice on how to communicate with teachers and other leaders at your child’s school if you’re dealing with bullying.
Tips for parents: What to do if your child is being bullied - Get tips for supporting your child through this very painful experience. SPANISH VERSION
Tips for parents: What to do if your child bullies others. If your child bullies others at school, it needs to stop. Find out what you can do at home. SPANISH VERSION
Tips for parents: What to do if your child witnesses bullying: Empower your child to take positive action in bullying situations and help prevent further bullying. SPANISH VERSION
What can parents do to prevent and address cyber-bullying? Protect your child from indirect forms of bullying that use text messaging, Web sites, and cell phones.
Advocate for a bullying prevention program at your school: You can play a very important role in advocating for a bullying prevention program at your child’s school.
"GO TO" SITES FOR HELP
HELPING SOMEONE WHO IS BEING BULLIED
As an athlete you may suspect someone else is being bullied. If you are not quite sure, review these common signs to help you recognize if bullying is occurring. The person may:
Come home with torn, damaged, or missing pieces of clothing, books, or other belongings
Have unexplained cuts, bruises, and scratches from fighting
Have few, if any, friends with whom he or she spends time
Seem afraid of going to school, walking to and from school, riding the school bus, or taking part in organized activities with peers (such as clubs or sports)
Take a long, “illogical” route when walking to or from school
Lose interest in school work or suddenly begin to do poorly in school
Appear sad, moody, teary, or depressed when he or she comes home
Complain frequently of headaches, stomachaches, or other physical problems
Have trouble sleeping or frequent bad dreams
Experience a loss of appetite
Appear anxious and suffer from low self-esteem
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