Bullying

09 Nov

Discussing Top Parenting Concerns from the Cincinnati Parenting Survey on WVXU

Today, Beech Acres Parenting Center President and CEO Jim Mason, Vice President of New Business Development Jill Huynh and School-based Services Supervisor Cheryl Riley joined Mark Heyne on WVXU Cincinnati to discuss the results of our Cincinnati Parenting Survey. In the survey, 44% of parents identified Understanding kids’ mental health issues as extremely or very concerning. This was the single biggest concern identified. Here are some highlights from the show: “Our goal at Beech Acres Parenting Center is to shift the stigma from ‘I have to go...

30 Oct

Bullying Can Be Very Serious. We’re Here to Help.

Bullying can be very serious and can affect your child’s mood, self-esteem, and academic performance. But there is hope… What will you say? If your child is suffering, let them know they are not alone. Tell them that bullying is unfortunately not uncommon and that it is not their fault. Children can feel helpless when being bullied so it is important to point out their strengths and how they’ve used them successfully in other situations. To help keep their confidence from diminishing,...

25 Oct

Help! My Kid is a Cyberbully!

You’ve recently discovered inappropriate treatment directed at other children on your child’s phone. What will you say? Cyberbullying, a form of bullying or harassment using digital contacts such as texts, email, or social media, is a growing concern for parents. The influence of technology on our culture has never been greater. Kids are using digital devices at an earlier age and are spending much more time in front of them. The ubiquitous use of digital technologies has made them an easy platform for...

23 Oct

Listening To Your Child Is An Important Step In Addressing and Preventing Bullying

Listen. 28% of U.S. students in grades 6-12 experience bullying. Listening to your child is an important step in addressing and preventing bullying. Listen with empathy and give your child your undivided attention. Offer reassurance, acknowledge the situation and assure them you are taking them seriously. Ask your child how they see you helping the situation. This gives them some control over something they feel they have no control over. Try saying something like this: “I cannot imagine how difficult it is to worry about...

18 Oct

Partner With Your Child’s Teacher and School to Address Bullying

Partnering with your child’s teacher can offer critical insight in cases of bullying. Ask their teacher How does my child get along with other students? With whom does he or she spend their free time at school? Have you ever suspected my child is being bullied by other students? Work with the teacher and with the school to create a plan for your child. Make sure you know the school’s policy on bullying, bring it to the Administration’s (principal and school counselor) attention and ask...

12 Oct

How To Identify Potential Signs of Bullying

Sometimes it may not be obvious that your child is being bullied. And they may not be ready to tell you. Here are a few signs that you can look for that may indicate your child is being bullied. Torn or Ripped Clothing One sign your child may be experiencing physical bullying is torn or ripped clothing. If your child comes home from school with a tear in their hoodie or ripped jeans be sure to ask what happened. This is a...

10 Oct

Listen To Your Child If They Say They Have Been Bullied

Although 25% of teens report being bullied, there are more that will not disclose out of fear or shame. Younger children do not always recognize this dominating behavior as bullying and may not report it as such. If your child tells you they are being bullied, start by letting them know you are glad they came to you. Then assure them that you take it seriously. You can start by actively listening to their concerns. Ask lots of questions, but without...