Preventing Harassment, Bullying and Intimidation
A guide for parents
What parents should know and do
Information for parents to use to help prevent bullying and risky online behaviors
If the bullying occurs during the school day, contact the administrator of your child’s school to report bullying. The administrator will then follow-up with involved students to confirm the report of bullying. Administrators will document all of the information for each situation, and if necessary, will report to law enforcement. Administrators may also refer the bullying victim to counseling, and will follow-up on the well-being of any involved students in the school through direct and parent contacts. Students will receive disciplinary action in keeping with school policies for violations that occur at school or off-campus when violations create an unsafe or disruptive effect.
Tips for parents on identifying and stopping bullying and harassment
Encourage your child to speak with you about bullying at school. Studies show that children often don’t tell their parents or other adults about bullying because they believe that the adults will not believe them. Children may also think that they should be able to solve their own problems. Other children may be afraid that telling an adult will result in worse treatment from the child doing the bullying. Below are tips on ways to identify if your child is being bullied. These tips are from the Steps to Respect program.
How to report harassment, intimidation and/or bullying
The Reporting Form Prohibition of Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying (3207F) may be used by students, families or staff to report incidents of harassment, intimidation or bullying to school administration or another staff member.
Any student who believes he or she has been the target of unresolved, severe or persistent harassment, intimidation or bullying may report incidents orally or in writing to any staff member.
Likewise, any other person in the school community who observes or receives notice that a student has or may have been the target of harassment, intimidation or bullying may also report incidents to any staff member.
- Children's Crisis Outreach Response System (CCORS) 206-461-3222
- Common Sense Media
- Cyberbullying Research Center
- How to Handle Bullying
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-8255)
- Office for Civil Rights Fact Sheet on Bullying of Students with Disabilities
- OSPI School Safety Center: Bullying and Harassment
- OSPI School Safety Center: Cyberbullying & Digital/Internet Safety
- OSPI School Safety Center: Mental, Social and Behavioral Health
- Pacer's National Bullying Prevention Center
- Teen Link, Crisis Clinic of King County