How Should Parents Handle A Bully? - News and Weather For The Quad Cities -

How Should Parents Handle A Bully?

Updated:
  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Infant Left Alone In Moline Store Parking Lot-UPDATED

    Infant Left Alone In Moline Store Parking Lot-UPDATED

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 4:12 PM EDT2014-07-22 20:12:08 GMT
    UPDATE: A woman on a shopping trip may have saved the life of an infant left alone in a parked car Tuesday morning. The incident happened in the Dollar General store parking lot, located at 2010 36th Ave. in Moline, Ill.More >>
    UPDATE: A woman on a shopping trip may have saved the life of an infant left alone in a parked car Tuesday morning. The incident happened in the Dollar General store parking lot, located at 2010 36th Ave. in Moline, Ill.More >>
  • Man Dies From Medical Condition On RAGBRAI

    Man Dies From Medical Condition On RAGBRAI

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 10:09 AM EDT2014-07-22 14:09:05 GMT
    Photo of riders on day two of RAGBRAI 2014Photo of riders on day two of RAGBRAI 2014
    Officials with RAGBRAI say a cyclist has died on this year's trek across Iowa. According to the RAGBRAI website, a 63-year-old man died while riding on Monday...More >>
    Officials with RAGBRAI say a cyclist has died on this year's trek across Iowa. According to the RAGBRAI website, a 63-year-old man died while riding on Monday...
    More >>
  • RAGBRAI Blog: Day Three

    RAGBRAI Blog: Day Three

    Jul 22, 2014 03:23 PM2014-07-23 13:02:31 GMT
    Bikers are riding from Emmetsburg to Forest City 73 miles or about 100 if they choose to ride the "Karras Loop".In the high 80's and muggy again, with ...More >>
    Bikers are riding from Emmetsburg to Forest City 73 miles or about 100 if they choose to ride the "Karras Loop".In the high 80's and muggy again, with ...More >>

What should you do if your child is the victim of cyber-bullying? What if your child is the one doing the bullying?

Parents in Clinton are asking these questions as school administrators work to remove a mean-spirited Facebook page off the web. Cyber-bullying pages that just keep popping up.

"I was appalled by the language," said Clinton Schools Superintendent, Deb Olson. "I was appalled by the content of it. As a parent I would have been very disgusted if my child was involved with it." School administrators said a Washington Middle School student started the Facebook page sometime on Wednesday. Now, teachers have no choice but to use the incident as a tool for learning --

"We want to make sure they understand how wrong this is," Olson said. "And how hurtful it can be to somebody else." But what can parents do upon finding out their child has been a victim of bullying?

"Whatever it is that has been thrown out there as an offensive comment, reassure the student that it is not true and they do not need to believe that about themselves." Jocelyn Meyer is a youth counselor with Bridgeview Community Mental Health Center in Clinton.

Meyer says the lines of communication between parent and child need to be open in order for the parent to truly understand what's going on at school.

"Their child has to feel comfortable going to their parent and telling them that they've seen this," Meyer said. Once parents know there's a problem, they should let their child help decide how it should be handled --

"Mom and Dad don't try and fix the problem for your child, work at it together, problem solve together," Meyer explained. "What do they feel comfortable doing as far as addressing this?"

When the situation is different, when a parent finds out their own child is being accused of bullying, parents many times become defensive. Meyer says try not to be that way --

"They need to own up to it and admit, yes, my kid did that. I know some parents become defensive, 'No, my child would never be capable of doing that.' Honestly, any one of us is capable of doing something unkind."

Also, if your child is a bully, it may be a sign of a deeper issue. "It's a way of exerting power and control over another person," said Meyer.

"Often because, in his or her own life, it feels like things are out of control. Situations are going on at home, mom and dad are fighting all the time. Maybe it's feeling like they don't have any attention."

If bullying continues to be an issue, no matter which side of the conflict a child is on, counseling services could help get to the heart of the problem.

Powered by WorldNow

805 Brady Street, Davenport, IA 52803

Telephone: 563.383.7000
Fax: 563.383.7131
Email: news@kwqc.com

Can’t find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Young Broadcasting of Davenport, Inc. A Media General Company.