Tips For Parents: What To Do If Your Child Is Being Bullied

Tips For Parents: What To Do If Your Child Is Being Bullied(Written by Susan Wright and Edited by Elle Yi) If you watch television, it seems bullying is at an all-time high. It is not far and few between news episodes where there is talk about children and the number of ways they are bullying one another. ABC has even had many successful news segments on the “What Would You Do” episodes that display bullying in action to see how bystanders react.

It is easy to sit back, while watching the episode and be disgusted by what takes place, but if you were there witnessing the action, what would you do? Would you stand up for the child and tell the other children how badly they are acting, or would you simply walk by and shake your head wondering what type of parents raised the children?

Now, answer this, what would you do if this were your own child being bullied right in front of your face? You would not think twice about giving the bullies an earful. Unfortunately, most times bullies choose their moments when they torment their peers so they can get away with it.

What is worse, is oftentimes the victim in the situation very rarely voices they are having trouble, instead it is up to us as parents and adults, to read the signs and take action to make a terrible situation better for everyone involved. [Read more...]

My Son Was Bullied By His Teacher and Aide

My Son Was Bullied By His Teacher and Aide(By a Guest Blogger, Stuart Chaifetz in NJ) How My Son Was Humiliated and Verbally Tormented by His Teacher and Aide

My name is Stuart Chaifetz, and my son, Akian, is a ten-year old boy who has Autism. Akian has always been a sweet and non-violent child. That is why it was so distressing when notes started coming home from his school, Horace Mann Elementary in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, stating that he was having violent outbursts, including him hitting his teacher and aide.

I could not understand why this was happening. I had never witnessed Akian hit anyone, nor could I dream of him lashing out as had been described to me. In October, I had a meeting with the IEP team (the teacher, school social worker, occupational therapist and speech teacher) to try to figure out what was going on. From that meeting, a behaviorist was called in who wrote a report. I sat down with the behaviorist on February 8, 2012 to review the findings.

It was pointless. The behaviorist was in the classroom a number of times. Not only had he never witnessed any violent event, but when he tried to create a similar scenario, he failed. [Read more...]