When a child is being hurt by someone else with their words or actions, or is hurting someone else, it’s time for adults to act.
Bullying is a serious problem in our communities, schools and society. We can help prevent it by modelling healthy behaviour and relationships to our children.
- Set a good example. Treat children with respect and they will learn to treat others with respect.
- Monitor media. Children are affected by the violence they see.
- Have open communication. Teach children to tell adults if they or someone else needs help. Listen to children when they come to you with concerns.
You can help your child learn to get along with others
- Encourage her to spend time with other children. It is through play that she learns about herself and others.
- Teach her about being kind and having empathy for other’s feelings.
- Explain your family rules and expectations when friends come to play.
- Listen to the sound of play. Children this age need to know that a caring adult is near. Check in with them from time to time.
- Encourage sharing and co-operation.
- Model problem-solving to work out conflict. Let your child practice doing this on her own—help only if she needs it.
- Notice and comment when children are getting along with each other.
For more information about bullying
- Call the Bullying Help Line at 1-888-456-2323 or visit Bully Free Alberta.