Parent Tool Kit

Protect Your Children from Bullying and Support Safe Schools

As adults, we tend to downplay or underestimate the amount and seriousness of bullying that occurs in our children's schools. But bullying is a serious, widespread problem that needs to be addressed to safeguard our children and provide safer, more secure learning environments.

A nationally representative U.S. study shows that 15 percent of all students reported having been bullied "sometimes" or more often within a school term. This amounts to almost one in four students. And, for every case reported to school officials, there are many more bullied students who suffer in silence.1

If your school doesn't have a research-based schoolwide bullying prevention program like the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program, you can be a strong advocate for the program in your school. It is often parents who bring the issue of bullying to the attention of schools, and parents can be a strong motivator for schools to address the issue.

(Content taken with permission from

1T. Nansel and others, "Bullying Behaviors among U.S. Youth," Journal of the American Medical Association 285, no. 16 (2001): 2094-2100.

Parent Tool Kit

Talking to Educators About Bullying Prevention - How to talk with educators at your school about bullying.
Advocating a Bullying Prevention Program - How to advocate for a bullying prevention program in your child's school.
Tips for Parents Whose Child is Being Bullied - What to do if your child is being bullied.
Tips for Parents Whose Child is Bullying Others - What to do if your child bullies others.
Tips for Parents Whose Child Witnesses Bullying - What to do if your child witnesses bullying.
Preventing Cyberbullying - What can parents do to address cyberbullying?

For information about the United States’ efforts in bullying prevention, visit, an official U.S. Government website managed by the Department of Health & Human Services in partnership with the Department of Education and Department of Justice.
Arthur Interactive Media (AIM) Buddy Project: Innovative, media-based resources designed to build character and reduce bullying in elementary schools
A supplemental curriculum that leverages the universal appeal of the ARTHUR characters and a solid research base in character development, and adds a unique component—interactive media—to promote discussions between older and younger student buddy pairs around five topics—empathy, honesty, forgiveness, generosity, and learning from others.The AIM Buddy Project will be available, free of charge, on PBS Learning Media in January 2017