4. Make sure kids know to tell a trusted adult if they are being bullied. Create a safe, judgement-free space for your child to come to you if they’re having trouble with bullying. Listen to them and find out what they need in that moment and let them know that you’ll handle the situation or give them the tools for dealing with bullies themselves.
5. The best way to discourage a bully is to ignore him or her. Teach your child to plan ahead so they can either avoid the bully entirely or find a friend to be there for emotional (not physical, obviously) support. Encourage your child to not let the bully see if he or she is upset—bullies enjoy getting a reaction. Let them know it’s best to just ignore the bully or walk away (or both). After all, it’s boring and unsatisfying to torment someone who isn’t listening or simply doesn’t care.