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6 Things You Can Do to Keep Your Child Safe From Bullying

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Updated on Oct 4, 2013

Get involved with the school

Research shows that two-thirds of bullying happens when adults aren’t present. Volunteering at your child’s school can help reduce the possibility of bullying. Whether you can volunteer once a week or once a month, you can make a real difference just by being there. Get to know the teacher, school counselor, principal, and even the lunchroom staff and school security. They can all be on the alert and help your child if needed. Ask about the school’s anti-bullying policies and practices. According the National Parent Teacher Association, two-thirds of parents have never talked to their children’s teachers about safety issues at school. If no policy is in place, start the conversation. Over time, if the school is unresponsive to your concerns, you may want to notify your school superintendent or state education department.

Find the right school

Sometimes, a school is just a bad fit for a certain kid. Try to find a school where your child has a good chance of being accepted and having a healthy social life. If he has been bullied and you’ve done all you can to resolve the situation, consider changing schools. One option is online schooling. As the leader in K-through-12 online learning, K12 offers tuition-free online public schools in 33 states and Washington, D.C., and three online private schools worldwide. Through this schooling option, the possibility of bullying or cyberbullying is greatly reduced because you are closely involved in your child’s education. Instruction is also delivered in a safe, online, teacher-led learning environment.

Remember, these steps are only a starting point. Solving the problem of bullying will take far more than the work of a few invested parents, teachers, and school administrators. But all your efforts have value. Whoever and wherever you are, you can make strides toward awareness, advocacy, and improvement.

Anne Altieri is a senior writer for K12. She has more than a decade of experience as a freelance and staff writer, covering topics such as education, early children’s literacy, and lifestyle issues. For more information about K12's tuition-free, online public schools in one-third of the U.S, please visit the K12 website.

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