Protecting your child against bullying


Children need to feel physically and emotionally safe wherever they are. But for many children in our community, bullying is an everyday reality that makes their lives a constant torment. It needs to be taken seriously by parents and adults who work with children. It’s harmful. It can and must be stopped.

Whether your child is being bullied, is a by-stander or is bullying others, you need to get involved.

PREVnet is a national network of Canadian researchers, non-governmental organizations and governments committed to stop bullying. Check out the network’s website for tips to protect preschool and elementary-aged children against bullying. 

If your child is being bullied, or if you know of someone else’s child who’s being bullied, you need to speak up. Every adult who’s responsible for the care and well-being of the children involved needs to know, and needs to get involved.

Contact the school, daycare or other program where the bullying is happening, and share your concerns. You should expect some action that makes things better. If things aren't getting better, continue to speak up. If you think a child is in danger because of bullying, contact Greater Sudbury Police Services at (705) 675-9171 (or call 9-1-1 if it is an emergency).

If your child has demonstrated bullying behaviour, you have even more reason for concern. Here’s a resource that can help you help your child make amends.

PREVnet also has information for parents about cyber bullying and a series of English-language videos that explain bullying and help families know how to deal with it.

The Ministry of Education has created a guide for parents of school-aged children. Each school board has policies and procedures to deal with bullying and supports bullying prevention initiatives- ask your child's school for more information.

And, for more on cyber bullying, check out this website.

 

 

This content was prepared and reviewed by the City of Greater Sudbury and its partners. However, it should not take the place of advice from your health care provider or other professionals working with you and your child. 

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