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Back to School: Talk About Bullying

As children return to the classroom, it is important to examine the connection between bullying and domestic violence. Bullying, similar to domestic violence, may result in emotional and psychological injuries that can have longer impacts than physical injuries.

Parents and caregivers should talk to children about bullying:

  • Begin a conversation by letting children know that any type of bullying is unacceptable.
  • Talk about what to do when being bullied, like walking away.
  • Let your children know that it is ok to speak up if they feel uncomfortable.
  • Encourage children to stop bullying by speaking with a trusted adult (e.g., teacher, school counselor).

Children look to parents and caregivers for help when they face tough situations, so the best thing parents and caregivers can do is lead by example. Set aside time daily to talk, comfort, and reassure them. Children pay close attention to how adults treat others and how they cope with stress and conflict. Treating others with kindness and respect shows children there is no place for bullying.

For additional resources, you can:

  • Visit Childhelp for signs and symptoms of teen bullying and abuse.
  • Text Tess, a free and confidential mental health chatbot, at 442-245-8065.

For more information contact cbpresiliency@cbp.dhs.gov.

Last modified: 
September 23, 2021

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