You may not always be able to protect your child from bullying in the moment, but you can always offer your comfort and support.
It’s important to talk to your child often so you know what’s going on in their life. Remind them how much they mean to you, and let them know you’re always available to listen.
Parental support is essential for a child’s self-esteem. Be sure to build up your child and celebrate their accomplishments, so they can feel confident in themselves at school.
Help your child choose friends and activities that help them feel good about themselves and allow them to establish connections with young people they can relate to.
It’s important for your child to understand that being bullied is not their fault, and to see that the person who bullied them made poor choices.
If your child is bullying others, it’s possible they are experiencing pain that they are unsure how to express. Make sure they know how much you care about them, and work with them to find a constructive outlet for their emotions.
If your child is LGBTQ, it’s important to be vigilant. Too many targets of bullying are ashamed to discuss cases of abuse. It’s essential to foster a climate at home that allows your child to feel comfortable talking to you about their issues.
Reassure your child that you love and support him or her.
Consider phrases like, “We will always love and support you,” or “Is there anything you want to talk to me about? Remember, I’ve always got your back.”