Talk to your child about what bullying is and make sure he or she understands that it is unacceptable behavior. It is never too early to bring it up; for younger children talk about being mean rather than using the term bullying.
Keep the lines of communication open with your child – know your child’s friends, ask about the school day, listen to any questions or concerns that arise.
Tell your child to talk to you or a trusted adult at school if he or she is ever bullied – or ever witness an incident of bullying. Tell your child it’s okay to stand up to a bully by saying “STOP” or by simply walking away.
Model how to treat others with respect and understanding.
Encourage a child to be involved in activities he/she enjoys. This will make him/her more confident and boost self-esteem.