Bullying at school is nothing new, but a lot of what we think we know about isn’t necessarily true. Great Schools has put together a list of 12 myths about bullying along with the facts that bust those myths. Those myths are:
- You’ll know when your child is being bullied.
- Bullying is always physical.
- The bully is always bigger.
- Fighting back works./Fighting back doesn’t work.
- Bullies are the most popular kids.
- Parents have nothing to do with their kids bullying.
- If your child is a victim, call the bully’s parents.
- Boys are more likely to be bullied.
- Cyberbullying is the gateway to other bullying.
- Parents are always their kids’ best defender.
- Homophobic taunts refer to the victim’s sexual orientation.
- Schools aren’t responsible for bullying.
Children need safe and supportive schools to be successful, and stopping bullying is part of providing that for them. Read the full article to learn why each of these 12 myths are not true, then check out StopBullying.gov for more information and consider having your PTA implement the National PTA Connect for Respect program.
Graphic courtesy of US Air Force/Staff Sgt. Jamal D. Sutter.