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Tips on what to do if your child is getting bullied

Posted at 10:36 PM, Nov 29, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-29 22:36:30-05

"Most students when they start to encounter bullying in a big way it's usually middle school."

Bullying is serious business.  With online taunting, and kids committing suicide it's not something to be taken lightly. Mia Redrick says to start with the warning signs.

"That might look like something, an activity that your child enjoys, all of a sudden they don't want to participate in that activity.  You're looking for sudden shifts in the people that they wanted to play with, maybe they no longer want to play with those people.  Or a route that they used to walk home on, they no longer want to leave at the exact same time."

The Mom Strategist says if you think it's bullying, parents may not have the tools to deal with it

"Assistant principals and counselors are the experts, parents, not so much."

Redrick says the school is a resource that's often overlooked.

"One of the things that I found works tremendously well is engaging the school community.  The principals, the assistant principals and the counseling staff, letting them know when they there is the first sign of a problem because they already are the experts."

Redrick says let's face it, sometimes parents are old and out of touch.  To keep your kids safe, you should turn to the people who know them best. 

"They understand the terms, and the terminology and they also understand your child.  They can also understand your child and they can help you understand what the role your child has been in the bullying process. They can be more objective about what's going on and they can also support you in helping your child come up with whatever scripting they need to stand up for themselves."