1. Listen, ask, and talk about your child’s school day
  2. Watch for any changes in behavior that concern you.
  3. Reduce or eliminate the amount of television time that involves violence.
  4. Clearly communicate to your child that your family does not tolerate behavior that hurts another person.
  5. Try avoiding physical punishment in your family. Set clear rules and follow through with consequences such as limiting privileges or using time out.
  6. Expect your child’s school to have written school rules regarding bullying.
  7. Keep a written record of your observations concerning your child’s behavior. Let the school know immediately if you believe your child has been bullied.
  8. Teach and practice specific sentences with your child that can help him or her respond assertively to a bully. For example:
    1. “Thanks, I didn’t think you noticed.”
    2. “I don’t have a problem with that, do you?”
    3. “Leave me alone.”

From: Getting Equipped to Stop Bullying (page 74).

Becki Boatwright, Ph.D., LPC; Teresea Mathis, Ed.S, LMSW; and Susan Smith-Red, Ed.D