CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Roughly one third of children say they are bullied in school, however, that number is likely to be far higher because many children don’t report bullying.
Scholastic Chief Academic Officer Francie Alexander recommends using books to help parents tackle the topic with their children.
“Books are a good way to get a conversation started, to help your child recognize that they are being bullied and it’s not okay – even to help the bully find out that it is unacceptable behavior,” she says. “A book kind of gets a conversation going in a natural way.”
Alexander says the manner of bullying varies between age groups.
“When kids are little [bullying] is more overt and easier to spot” she explains. “Bullying might be cutting in line or calling names or pushing. When kids are older it’s more hidden. One way, it might be e-bullying, kids might be using the Internet to do the same thing, call names or threaten, but in a way that is hidden from the adults.”
She says bullying is something parents have to discuss with their children.
“If your child is being bullied, right away you have to have a conversation about it,” she says. “You have to know it is happening and you have to work with the school to get it stopped because every child should be able to go to school and feel happy and safe.”
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