There is nothing more difficult for parents than to witness their child being threatened or teased by another child, but just what should a parent do? There is widespread agreement parents should communicate with the child's teacher, but what else, if anything should a parent do? Should they let things progress and hope for the best? Should they see the Principal, Assistant Principal, Guidance Counselor or other authority? Should they try to deal with the other child themselves? Should they try to see the other child's parents and hope to work things out with them? Should they contact the police? And when should parents step in? Does parental involvement usually help or hurt in these situations? Before I give my answers, I'd love to know about your experiences and ideas.
Mark is the award-winning teacher/author who has set his sights on bullying and other school problems. Please join in the quest to end bullying by adding your ideas and comments.