Here we are again, with another installment in our bullying guest post series. Today Latosha Kepler will share some resources for parents who are dealing with bullying issues:
These days, being a parent is scary. With all the news on television about bullying and its devastating effects, it is sometimes difficult to send our little ones off to school knowing that such threats exist. Imagine how our children must feel! Fortunately for us concerned parents, there are tools to help us combat bullying if it does come up, and to prevent it from happening in the first place. Here are some great resources for parents when it comes to dealing with bullying:
Stopbullying.gov. This is a comprehensive website that was created by and is sponsored by the U.S. government’s Department of Health and Human Services for the sole purpose of spreading awareness about bullying. On the site, you can find a whole treasure trove of information for both parents and children, including articles on how to recognize bullies, sections for specific types of bullying (cyberbullying and LGBT bullying, for example), and even entertaining webisodes for kids about how to put an end to bullying.
National Bullying Prevention Center. The NBPC offers everything from informative videos to National Bullying Prevention Month sponsorship. Access this comprehensive group of resources on the PACER.org website, where you can find a wide variety of prevention tools, and can even sign a digital petition called “The End of Bullying Begins with Me.” If it is your goal to get your child’s school involved in an anti-bullying campaign, then the National Bullying Prevention Center site is your best place to start.
BullyBeware.com. This site was actually put together by a group of teachers who are committed to the study of bullying and its effects. Combined, these teachers have written a number of books on bullying, and hold several advanced degrees in education. They are the bullying experts, if you will, and their website is a great one-stop-shop for an array of information on the subject of bullying.
Education Resources Information Center (ERIC) database. Explore this online database (www.eric.ed.gov) to find a multitude of resources on bullying and its prevention.
Bullying is a destructive practice that does not discriminate; any child is susceptible to bullying, for any reason the bully deems worthy, and the effects of bullying are far-reaching and can last long into adulthood. As you can see, you have a lot of tools as a parent when it comes to countering the ill effects of this corrosive national trend. You are in the position to affect change. Do what you can to put bullying to an end by using all the resources at your disposal.
About the Author: Latosha Kepler is a mother of two and works as a child advocate, volunteering in schools and helping children deal with all types of situations. She spends her free time volunteering in a local business office, monitoring the phone service and other high-end contracts.