How parents can protect children from bullyingAs parents, we support and guide our children through many life lessons and oftentimes think back to our own experiences as a child. I remember my first year of middle school like it was yesterday — I had a pretty significant bicycle accident one month before the first day of school that year, and it left me with scars on my face and shoulder that still remain. Those scars were a perfect target for bullies: Names, laughs, talking behind my back — it all happened.

Doing all we can to protect children

My story is probably similar to ones that you might remember from your childhood or ones that you see today with your own children. As parents we want to do all we can to protect our children from being a target of or engaging in bullying behaviors — and the best way to do that is to stay informed!

You may think bullying isn’t an issue for your family, but the sad truth is that bullying can affect all children, whether they are the target of bullying, a witness to bullying, or exhibit bullying behaviors. Any of these situations can make it harder for them to learn, grow, develop and succeed.

Our online bullying education and prevention program

We want what is best for our children, but might feel powerless and overwhelmed when it comes to bullying. That’s why Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin launched an online bullying education and prevention program for parents of children in grades K4 through high school called Act Now! What Parents Need to Know About Bullying.

The program is free, user-friendly and features a series of short video-based segments that include information on a variety of bullying topics tailored to your child’s age group. Truly, this resource offers information for every parent, whether your child is currently dealing with a bullying situation or if you just want to learn a little more on how to talk to your child before it becomes an issue.

Some of the topics you will see in this program include:

  • What to do if your child is being bullied or is bullying others
  • Cyberbullying and sexual harassment
  • How to build your child’s resiliency
  • How to contact your child’s school
  • Laws that are in place regarding bullying

Take some time and visit to explore all that it has to offer. You’re the best advocate for your child, so the more you know, the more able you are to help them as they build their own life story.

Bridget Clementi– Bridget Clementi, director of community health and education, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin

Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin offers e-learning programs as part of our commitment to improving the health status of all children. Our e-learning programs are developed in collaboration with the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction and align with National Health Education Standards.

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