When talking to the child/youth about bullying consider the following:
How can I help the child stay safe?
Does the child need help to stop bullying others?
What information do I need?
Who has the responsibility to take action?
Where can I go for more help?
Gather information regarding the bullying situation:
Acknowledge the Incident
Safety Planning for those Being Bullied
The responsibility to protect children from all forms of abuse, including bullying, is the responsibility of parents, teachers, and other adults in the community. It takes a lot of courage for a youth to report a bullying situation. Safety planning is an important part of keeping children and youth safe. Everyone deserves a healthy, safe and supportive environment. Children and youth should be part of the safety planning process. The plan should be fair, respectful and action-oriented.
Identify places you feel safe at the location you are being bullied (home, school, organization, community space)
Identify places where you feel unsafe at the location you are being bullied
Identify strategies you can use to stay safe at the location you are being bullied
(Take a stand, avoid certain situations, avoid certain people, build connections with others etc)
Safe People and support networks
Identify safe and trusted people at the location you are being bullied
Identify other supports and resources
Identify actions required in detail and the person responsible for those action
Safety Planning for those Engaging in Bullying
*Safety plan review in order to make sure plan is working or needs to be modify
*Safety Plans need to be fair and respectful to all parties involved.
Include others if
The child has experienced a serious threat against them
The child is threatening a violent retaliation
The child is self-injuring or is talking about suicide
The child has experienced a violent act
If you are afraid for the child’s safety, emotional or physical
if the child has experienced serious harm, emotionally, socially, or otherwise
Parents’ Lifelines of Eastern Ontario:
613-321-3211 │ www.pleo.on.ca
Ottawa Public Health:
* Parents can also contact their child’s school and/or school board to determine appropriate next steps:
Family Services (LGBTTQ+ Around the Rainbow)
CHEO’S Gender Diversity Clinic
Centretown CHC (Mental Health Counselling Program for LGBTTQ+ youth ages 12-25)
PFLAG (Support for Parents of LGBTTQ youth)