Tips for Parents of a Bullying Victim in Omaha
Nothing may be as devastating as when you find out that your child has been the victim of bullying behavior. This may cause a tremendous amount of anxiety for parents as they figure out how to protect their children.
At Inkelaar Law, our bullying lawyers believe these actions should never be tolerated, and something must be done to prevent bullying from occurring.
If you or a loved one has been injured by a bully, our attorneys believe these bullies should be held accountable for their actions and pay for the losses and damages they have caused.
If you have been a victim of bullying, we are here to answer your questions and explain your legal options.
Call 1-877-537-4665 today, or use the form to contact us online
What Should I Do If My Child Has Been Bullied?
If you are a parent and you have recently learned that your child is a victim of bullying, our attorneys want to help you. The following information provides parents with a list of actions, questions and strategies that can help alleviate both the incidents of bullying and their impact on the student.
Parents who remain vigilant and engage their children on a regular basis are more likely to succeed in preventing bullying behavior.
Important Tips for Parents
- Who was involved?
- What was said and done?
- What happened before the bullying occurs?
- Were there any bystanders? Did they say or do anything?
- When did the bullying occur?
- Where did the bullying occur?
- Was an adult present? Did they do anything?
- Are there any recordings of the bullying?
- Has anyone been told about the bullying? Have they done anything?
- How long has the bullying being behavior been occuring?
- Take pictures of any injuries and report assault to the school and police
- Develop a plan of safety with your child they can use at school. Some suggestions include:
- Ask your child what can be done to keep them safe during the investigation
- Ask your child to maintain a journal and record what happens, their thoughts, and feelings
- Explain to your child their feelings of fear, hurt, shame, embarrassment, and anger are normal
- If your child says “No one at school likes me,” do not disagree.
- Remain calm and don’t be quick to blame others. Also do not respond without further details.
- Ask yourself, “Is my child adding to the problem?”
- Ask yourself, “Is there anything about your child drawing negative attention and can you change it?” Always remember your child doesn’t deserve to be mistreated
- Do not tell your child to retaliate
- Do not tell your child to ignore bullying
- Teach your children to throw something at the bully when in trouble and run when in danger
- Find what other students and parents now about the bully and don’t mention bullying
- Speak with other parents of the victims and find out what they have done
- Since bully’s want to hurt and upset, tell your child to avoid appearing upset
- Never promise not to tell anyone, school personnel will need to help in this situation
- Tell your child you will help to not to make the situation worse
- Set a meeting with your child’s teachers or principal to discuss details of what is occurring with your child.
- Try not to be seen by students. Operate through school personnel when appropriate.
- Explain to your child’s teacher who they would like to report to each week, at least once a week.
- Share the safety plan you have developed and see if the school can help expand on it. The following include some examples on strategies to use:
- If the student is bullied on a bus, tell them to report it to the driver or another adult
- Explain to your child to give a supervising adult or bus driver a secret visible signal they are being mistreated
- Make sure faculty and staff are told to increase supervision on student being bullied and the student bullying
- If needed, surround your child with other students who will not bully them and who will be assertive with the bully’s as helpers
- Involve your child in more in and out of school activities to develop relationships
- Watch for signs of anxiety, anger, and depression
- Watch for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Watch for suicidal behaviors
- Seek professional help when needed
- Develop self-esteem, self-confidence, and physical strength
- Encourage positive self-talk
- Teach your children not to expect or allow mistreatment
Need Help? Contact Our Nebraska Bullying Lawyers Today!
Nebraska Bullying Lawyers
At Inkelaar Law, our lawyers have all witnessed an act of bullying at some point, and believe this behavior should no longer be tolerated. With a tremendous amount of sympathy for the victims of bullying, our legal team is prepared to stand up for your rights and protect you against these bullies.
With offices in Lincoln and Omaha, Nebraska, our attorneys are able to help bullied victims across our state, including:
- Grand Island
- Nebraska City
- North Platte
If your children have been bullied, contact our experienced lawyers to learn more about your legal options.
We urge you to contact us for a free no-obligation consultation by calling 1-877-537-4665 or by completing the Case Evaluation Form.