While heading back to school can be exciting for families, it can also be stressful for children who get bullied, which is estimated to happen to one in four children.
Children are often afraid or hesitant to tell someone they’re being bullied, so parents should constantly talk with kids and remind them why they need to open up.
Warning signs something could be wrong include kids avoiding going to school, changes in eating and sleeping habits, and withdrawal.
Parents aware that bullying is going on should contact the school principal for help mediating the situation in school.
“The principal is responsible for responding back to the parent,” explained Peter Ianzito, the Director of Student Services at Liverpool Central School District. “Making sure that student is feeling safe and supports are in place for that child.”
Ianzito says the investigation happens within 24-hours of the incident and could result in penalties for the bully in question or changes for the child getting picked on.
Many districts are being proactive and getting involving a the “Positivity Project,” a nationwide movement trying to teach children to be accepting and understanding of others.