We like to think that if our children were bullied, another child would step up to help them. But we should prepare our own children to be 'helpers', too.
Research shows that children are more likely to help someone who's been bullied if they know their parents would expect it from them, and if their parents have given them clear advice about what to do.
To help someone who's been bullied, we can:
- Tell the person doing the bullying to stop.
- Create a distraction.
- Stand or sit with the person who's been bullied, or invite them to join your group.
- Start a conversation or game with the person who's been bullied.
- Comfort the person who's been bullied; reassure them that the bullying was wrong.
- Encourage them to get help.
- Tell a trusted adult.
- If the people doing the bullying respect you, let them know it's not OK, and ask them to think about how it makes others feel.
At all times, it's important to stay safe and not hurt anyone else. For more information, visit ParentHub or Bullying No Way.