International Bullying Prevention Association

Should I tell my child to fight back if he or she is bullied?

Adults often tell stories of how they were able to stop someone from bullying when they were children by fighting back. These stories often confuse conflicts with true bullying. The reality is that trying to fight someone who is bullying can make things worse and also put your child (or the other child) at risk for serious injury and other complications. Whenever possible parents should encourage their child and also work on a safety plan with the school or community organization that includes extra supervision and support from trusted adults and peers.

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