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Bullying for parents

Bullying is a serious public health issue that affects many teens. In fact, the effects of bullying can impact victims even after they enter adulthood. As a parent, you should be able to recognize if your child is being bullied or if she is bullying someone else. You should also know how you can help! Make sure to listen to your child, especially if she complains about bullying behaviors. If you suspect that your child is being bullied, or is bullying others, you will need to get involved. You can make a difference in your child’s life and help put a stop to bullying. To learn how, check out some of these great resources listed below:

Web sites

  1. American flag. Bullying - We have created the section on bullying to help adolescent girls learn more about some of the unique health issues and social situations they will encounter during the teen years. This section provides information, resources, and links to help your daughter learn more about bullying.
  2. American flag. Stop Bullying Now! What Adults Can Do – This section of the Stop Bullying Now! Campaign web site provides information, strategies, and materials for educators to use to help prevent bullying among students.
  3. American flag. Stop Bullying Now! What Kids Can Do – This section of the Stop Bullying Now! Campaign web site provides information on kids can get help to deal with bullying.
  4. National Organizations for Youth Safety - The National Organizations for Youth Safety is a coalition of national organizations led by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Its mission is to promote youth empowerment and leadership, and build partnerships that save lives, prevent injuries and enhance safe and healthy lifestyles among all youth.
  5. The Steps to Respect Program (Copyright © Committee for Children) - The Committee for Children provides a program that tackles bullying by involving students, parents, and educators. The program offers a step-by-step process to engage community members at different levels by providing the proper tools for implementation and


Father and his bullied daughter.Publications

  1. Teaching Kids not to Bully - This is a helpful article from
  2. 15+ Make Time to Listen, Take Time to Talk...About Bullying – Spending 15 minutes with your children can make a difference in their lives. This tip sheet has questions to start conversations between parents or caregivers and children about bullying.
  3. pdf A Dozen Things Parents Can Do to Stop School Violence (Copyright © National Crime Prevention Council) – This publication lists 12 steps parents can take to help prevent school violence.
  4. pdf Bullying Among Children and Youth with Disabilities and Special Needs – This fact sheet discusses what parents can do if they feel their child with a disability is a victim of bullying.
  5. Bullying, Abuso, It Hurts in any Language – This publication has information about the risk of bullying of gay youth in communities of color, with a focus on Latino communities. It also has links to more information on the goal of reducing bullying based on sexual orientation.
  6. Bullying: What to Do About It (Copyright © Mental Health America) – This publication explains what bullying is, statistics about bullying, and how to recognize bullying. It also gives steps parents can take to prevent it.
  7. Girls and Bullying (Copyright © National Crime Prevention Council) – This publication describes what girls who bully are like and how they differ from boys who bully. It also offers advice to parents on how they can help stop bullying.
  8. pdf Parent Guide to Cyberbullying and Cyberthreats (Copyright © Center for Safe and Responsible Internet Use) – This article explains the different types of cyberbullying and how they can be harmful to adolescents.
  9. Protecting Kids’ Privacy – Whether to study or socialize, play games or learn something new, it’s likely your kids are spending time online. This article explains your rights as a parent and tips to help your kid’s information stay private while online.
  10. pdf Stop Cyberbullying Before it Starts (Copyright © National Crime Prevention Council) – This fact sheet has the latest statistics about cyberbullying and gives parents advice to help their children avoid cyberbullying.
  11. Teenagers and Gangs (Copyright © American Academy of Pediatricians) – This Web page has information about teenagers in gangs in the United States. It also has tips on how to tell if your child may be in a gang.
  12. pdf Understanding Bullying – This fact sheet explains why bullying is a public health problem, who is at risk for bullying, and what is being done to prevent bullying.
  13. What Does Gay Mean? How to Talk with Kids about Sexual Orientation and Prejudice (Copyright © Mental Health America) – This anti-bullying program was designed to improve understanding and respect for youth who are gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender (GLBT). This booklet encourages you to communicate and share values of respect with children by age and topics you may face.


  1. Children's Safety Network
  2. Find Youth Info
  3. National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, CDC
  4. Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools, ED
  5. Ophelia Project
  6. Wired Safety


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Content last reviewed April 15, 2014
Page last updated October 31, 2013