Talk to your child and let them know that you cannot help them if you don’t know that something is wrong.
Tell your child that you are concerned about them and that you are there to help them if needed.
Ask them direct questions like: are there any kids at school, on the bus, or in the neighborhood that is picking on you or someone you know?
If and when you find out that your child is being bullied...act quickly. Contact the teacher of the class, the bus driver, or the principal. You should also contact the parents of the child doing the bullying.
The fact is that some parents may not be aware that their child is a bully. You have to convince the victims that they cannot be scared to speak up for themselves, and that they have people to help them. Statistics show that present day, kids are being bullied at an alarming rate. And when the victims have no one to turn too, they turn to violence themselves. If there are weapons in the house, the victims will either turn it on the bully, or on themselves and commit suicide...those should not be our kid’s only options. We cannot continue to turn the other cheek and let our kids down. We as the parents and teachers should be the first line of defense.
Stats show that if your child has: braces, glasses, considered to be "too tall", "to short"; "too skinny", "too fat/big", "too smart"...these will be the prime targets of bullies.
Let your child know that they can trust you, and that you can and will help them.
Most bullies are cowards...they have something wrong with them or at home that makes them lash out and be dominate against there peers. They usually have low self esteem, and other flaws, so to divert the teasing that they would or have suffered, they find a weaker person than them and pick on them. You will NEVER see a bully pick on someone bigger or tougher than them.
Lastly, in today’s society, we have to be aware as parents that there is: physical, mental, emotional, verbal and now cyber bullying. We have to protect them from any and all types of bullying.
Some references provided by: D. Olweus, Bullying at school, D. Olweus, S. Limber, S. Mihalic: The bullying prevention Program