How can parents help children open up about bullying?
One reason a child might be hesitant to tell a parent about bullying is fear about how a parent will react and fear of receiving unwanted attention at school if their parent intervenes. In this video, Celia Heppner, Psy.D., clinical psychologist at Children’s Health℠, shares strategies for parents to help their children be open in their communication about bullying.
Heppner suggests parents proactively share with their children how they might react if their child was being bullied. Talking to your child about how you would handle the situation in advance can help him or her feel more comfortable about opening up.
Watch more videos with Dr. Heppner for information about bullying, including:
- What are signs of bullying parents can look for?
- How can parents give kids confidence to deal with bullying?
- How can parents talk to their children about bullying?