There are measures parents can seek/utilize to help alleviate their children's misery from being bullied. Listed below are some steps for parents to follow:
1) It is vital for parents to understand and take into consideration how their children may feel about being bullied. Children may not want to open up as they feel they are best able to handle the situation themselves or feel that by telling their parents, they might seem less of a person. It is the parents job to sit down with their kids and take the time to ask them how their day at school was, engage or interact with them in a slow but steady pace. Children should be provided with a comfortable, stress free, and confidential environment where they can openly and freely talk about their problems without fearing the consequences. Doing so increases the likelihood that children will openly talk with their parents about their bullying issues in a safe and secure fashion.
2) The next step for parents to take is to contact the school and meet with administrator's (i.e. Teachers, Assistant Principals, Principals) to discuss the issue and hopefully the issue can be resolved with the student doing the bullying receiving disciplinary action.
3) In the event, meeting with school administrator's doesn't resolve the issue, parents can seek to sit down with the parents of the student doing the bullying and attempt to reach an understanding where both parties stay away from each other and avoid further incidents. By the way, it is HIGHLY IMPORTANT that parents document every meeting and incident that occurs from the very beginning of a bully incident as that can come in handy in sensitive situations, especially when it is necessary to get the cops involved.
4) If all options fail and bullying occurs off of school property, parents are to immediately report the incident to the cops and file a police report. If left unchecked, incidents such as these can evolve from a mere picking on to violent incidents where people can get hurt.
5) Parents are strongly encouraged to go administrators within the NYC Department of Education to seek the necessary remedies as well as join our support group where parents can meet up and share their respective experiences on how they dealt with their individual situations and provide some necessary recommendations/advice to other parents.