Put the Power to Prevent Bullying in Your Hand
Parents and caregivers are a child’s first
and best teacher. Your child is listening
and remembering your advice, even when it seems like he/she is not paying attention. In fact, spending 15 minutes a day listening
and talking with your child can help build
the foundation for a strong relationship
and provide reassurance that he/she can come to you with a problem. It can also help your child recognize and respond to bullying.
So, what will you say? KnowBullying, a new mobile app by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), can help get the conversation started. The app provides tips on talking about school, work, relationships, life, and bullying. You can help prevent bullying and increase communication with your child while making dinner, shopping, or anytime you and your child have 15 minutes together. The app also has a feature to remind you that it’s time to talk.
KnowBullying by SAMHSA includes:
Information about bullying
Warning signs that your child may be bullying others, being bullied, or
witnessing others being bullied
Conversation starters to talk with your child about bullying
Reminders to talk with your child at times that work best for you and your
Ability to share advice right from the app in an email and/or text message
Source: Ingrid Donato, Chief, Mental Health Promotion Branch, Center for Mental Health Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration