Family members (parents, siblings, grandparents), and close friends play a key role in facilitating the prevention of bullying. They also provide children and other youth with coping skills needed to minimize the severity of a bullying experience.
Bullying can take many forms, such as: violence (hitting or punching) teasing, name calling, intimidation through gestures or facial expressions, social exclusion and sending insulting messages or pictures by mobile phone or the internet (cyberbullying).
General advice for parents is to follow these steps:
- Brush up on the modern forms of bullying that your child may be subjected to at school, on the playground and other places in the community.
- Use strategies to try to prevent bullying and help children deal with bullying experiences.
- Go to your local library or search online for useful materials that you can use to assist children in your family, school and community.
Suicide: The Worst Repercussion of Bullying
Some warning signs include:
- threatening to harm oneself or talking about wanting to do so
- looking for ways to kill oneself by seeking access to firearms, medications etc...
- talking or writing about death, dying or suicide
- displaying feelings of hopelessness, being trapped, rage, revenge or uncontrolled anger
- acting reckless or engaging in risky activities
- increasing alcohol or drug use
- withdrawing from friends, family and society
- feeling anxious, agitated, unable to sleep or sleeping all the time
- experiencing dramatic mood changes
- seeing no reason for living or having no sense of purpose in life
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255)
National Suicide Prevention Hotline 1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433)
Deaf Hotline: 1-800-799-4TTY (1-800-799-4889