Is my child a bully?

What can you do if you suspect your child is a bully?

  1. Work proactively with staff at Wadalba Community School to find a positive solution to the issue.
  2. Talk with your child. Ask for their account of the situation. Be objective and listen carefully. Calmly explain what your child is accused of and ask for an explanation of the incident and their role.
  3. Make it clear to your child that you take bullying seriously. Calmly let them know that you will not tolerate this behaviour. Help your child learn that bullying hurts everyone involved.
  4. Develop clear and consistent rules for your child’s behaviour. Praise your child when they follow the rules. Decide on fair consequences and follow through if your child breaks the rules.
  5. Spend more time with your child. Carefully supervise and monitor their activities, including when they are online or texting.
  6. Be aware of who your child’s friends are. Find out how they spend their free time.
  7. Build on your child’s talents and positive attributes. Encourage him or her to get involved in social activities.
  8. Work with your child’s Year Advisor to ensure the bullying does not happen again. Ask the school to keep you informed. Develop strategies together to address bullying. Work together to send clear messages to your child that the bullying must stop.
  9. Talk with a counselor or health professional. They may be able to provide your child with additional help.