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What to tell your child

By Bella English
Globe Staff / July 18, 2009
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Here’s what parents can do to help “bystander’’ children stop bullying:

◼ Tell your child not to cheer on or even quietly watch bullying. This only encourages the bully who is trying to be the center of attention.

◼ Encourage your child to tell a trusted adult about the bullying. Talking to an adult is not being a tattle-tale. Standing up for another child by getting help is an act of courage and safety. To make it easier, suggest taking a friend.

◼ Help your child support other children who may be bullied. Encourage your child to include these children in activities.

◼ Encourage your child to join with others in telling bullies to stop. Knowing what to say is important. If your child feels safe, the following statement may help to stop the bully: “Cool it! This isn’t going to solve anything.’’

Source: American Academy of Pediatrics