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Bully Busters: Parents Next Move

by Mike LaCrosse

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — If your child is a victim of bullying there are several steps you should take to address the problem.

Bully expert Joe Wojick explains the first step is to listen.

“Try not to encourage your kids to toughen up and be macho about this really take time to listen had have them express their pains,” said Joe Wojick, Bully Expert.

Next, find out the details about the alleged bullying.

“Most important try to get the facts exactly what happened did your child report it ask who was around what time it happened where it happened at school,” said Wojick.

Once you have all the facts get school officials involved.

Azell Cavaan, of the Springfield School Department said they have a three step process for dealing with reports of bullying.

“We ask them to go to the school where the incident occurred and start by talking to the teacher or councilor who is closest to the issue,” said Cavaan.

Cavaan said parents should never contact the other student or student’s parents.

“We think it is best to have a neutral third party you know you never know how the other side is going to react and you don’t know where that road is going to take,” said Cavaan.

Back at home,  Wojick said keep the conversation going with your child to make sure the bullying does not continue.

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