Let’s talk about bullying at school. Whether it’s a physical or emotional abuse, your child should never feel unsafe at school. If your child is being bullied, do not hesitate to contact their school’s principal. In doing so, you can work with your child’s school to prevent the bullying from continuing.
In addition to our camp experience, many of us in the Laurus Crew are also teachers and school monitors. We’ve worked with administrators, teachers, parents, and kids to intervene with bullying before. Drawing from our experience, we’ve put together a step-by-step guide to approaching your child’s school about bullying.
1. Ask your child for details
In order to intervene effectively, you’ll need to know details of the incident(s). Ask your child what exactly happened: when, where, and who with.
Also ask your child whether or not they told an adult at school. If so, did the adult intervene? How? Did it help?
Write all of this down. Now you’re ready to make an appointment.
2. Contact the school’s principal
As tempting as it might be to just walk into the school’s office, the most productive and efficient way to get a dialogue started is to contact the school’s principal in advance.
Referring to your notes, explain the situation to the principal via email or phone. Details you provide will help the principal investigate the bullying scenario, identify relevant parties, and prepare for your meeting.
Your child’s safety is at stake, so do not be afraid to express your concern and the seriousness of the situation. However, keep in mind that you and the staff at your child’s school are on the same team; you will need to work together to solve this problem.
3. Ask the school for details
Most schools require staff to fill out incident reports for instances of bullying. If the school is aware of the issue, they may already have some detailed notes of their own. Be sure to ask the same detailed questions of them that you did of your child.
Once both parties have shared all the relevant information they’ve gathered, it’s time to start talking about an action plan. It’s a school’s duty to effectively manage bullying when it comes to their attention. As a parent, you have a right to know how they’ve followed-up the incident regarding your child, as well as how they plan to prevent future incidents from occurring.
4. Follow up
After you’ve had your meeting, be sure to follow up in order to ensure that the bullying has stopped. Talk to your child and contact the principal. If the bullying continues, be sure to request another meeting and new tactics from the principal. If you suspect negligence on the part of school staff, you can contact the Laval School Board: (450) 662-7000, 995 Saint-Martin-Ouest, H7S 1M5.
We hope this information is helpful. If you have any other advice for preventing bullying at school, be sure to send us an email!
– The Laurus Crew