Bullying and Cyberbullying
The information below is meant only as a starting place for pediatric medical home teams to begin addressing bullying and cyberbullying. In no way are these resources exhaustive. An overall statement that can be used to start the discussion is "We have a better understanding today of the negative effects that exposure to violence has on children and adolescents, such that I now talk to all of my families about exposure to violence." For more background on using the materials below, go to the Overview.
Framing the Question:
- Sometimes kids get picked on at school. Does this happen to you/your child? Has the child heard of or seen incidences of this?
- Have there been any problems at school with behavior?
Actions to Take (Victims)
- Help them identify people at school they can trust and who can be allies
- Know the school systems policy on bullying and share key information with families
- Encourage the child: They should not be treated this way
- Help parents know how to respond and build resiliency in their child
- Identify ways parents can monitor use of technology and prevent exposure to cyberbullying
Actions to Take (Perpetrators)
- Establish that this behavior is NOT acceptable
- Reference school policy, as appropriate
Tools to Educate
Related AAP Policy
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