Parents, if you know your child is being bullied for any reason, realize that she or he is in a toxic environment. Take action to save your child from unnecessary misery, trauma, and even death.
It’s not enough to love your kids and to be upset and worried about the bullying. Listen to your kids and pay attention. Be aware that troubled youth will often try to protect their parents and solve problems on their own until they are overwhelmed by despair. Don’t leave deciding what to do up to kids because they might be afraid of making a change. Make sure kids who are being bullied get help. Advocate for change at the school. Change schools or homeschool if this doesn’t work. Get counseling to deal with the effects of bullying. Find positive peer groups for your child.
Educators, don’t stand by and let homophobic or other cruel jokes happen without addressing them. Stop this behavior. Teach witnesses how to speak up effectively when they hear putdowns. Teach kids being bullied how to protect their hearts, advocate for themselves, and get help.
Put the safety of kids first, ahead of political agendas or discomfort with different lifestyles.
Here is an article about Bullying and Homophobia that can be of help: http://kidpower.org/library/article/bullying-and-homophobia-addressing-identity-based-attacks-while-respecting-different-beliefs/
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