JACKSONVILLE, Fla. Pilot Pen has partnered with TLC star, lifestyle expert and mom Gretta Monahan to help parents erase bullying in their childrens’ lives by sharing the following tips:
1. Pay attention: Look and listen: It’s vital to understand children may be afraid to seek support. Because of this, it is important to observe and act if there are signs that something is wrong.
2. Encourage them to become an ‘upstander,’ instead of a bystander: Empowering children to stand up for themselves and their peers is fundamental in helping eliminate bullying and its effects.
3. Equip kids with the right tools: It’s important that kids understand that bullies can be defeated. Using a strong support system can help when standing up to them. Show children they can reach out to you or another person they trust to help resolve issues and also use tools provided by STOMP Out Bullying to do so.
4. Monitor online activity: Bullying doesn’t just happen in the classroom and on the playground – it also happens online. Keeping an open dialogue and an eye on children’s online activity in a way that feels right for you will help you recognize signs of cyberbullying.
“One of the most important things you can do is be observant. Ask questions if something seems wrong and encourage your child to stand up for themselves and others if they witness bullying or cyberbullying,” Monahan said. “Helping your children to be empowered to speak up and speak out can make all the difference.”
To learn more about the partnership between Pilot Pen and STOMP Out Bullying and how you can help make a difference in your child’s back to school experience, visit www.Help EraseBullying.com or www.StompOutBullying.com.