Help for Teachers
Pay attention to pejorative words and demeaning taunts. Provide classroom discussion. Encourage students to brainstorm responses and preventive measures.
Be alert to bullying behavior in young children. Create a safe and confidential reporting procedure.
Use role-playing to help students feel empowered to support victims.
Be aware of students on the margins, those who appear to be regularly “left out.”
Be aware of warning signs of hate in students’ writing and art.
Participate in healing – Encourage students to extend support to victims of hate incidents. Write to persons or families in care of the local newspaper.
From “Responding to Hate at School: A guide for Teachers,Counselors and Administrators,” published by Teaching Tolerance, a project of the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Teach your children that words can hurt.
Help for Parents
Promote diversity. Help your children to appreciate differences, yet understand that we are all the same in many ways.
Point out stereotypes when you see them with your children on television or in books. Explain why stereotypes are not fair, and encourage discussion.
Be a good role model. Children learn from what you do more than from what you say.
Be alert to warning signs that your child is being bullied: watch for withdrawal, lack of interest, acting out, fear of school or other activities.