Talking to your child about resolving bullying

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First and foremost, parents need to be really cautious about what they tell their child to do. Often times, parents say, "Ignore the kid," or talk to a teacher. You need to think about this: What if a child has underlying psychopathology, and carries a knife to school? Or has a gun at home, and you tell your child to fight back. That child is actually bigger and stronger and has three other kids that is going to fight your kid after school. So, you can ask questions. You can consider contextual factors, but I think what is key is that you become actively involved with your child, by possibly going to the school and observe, or calling the teacher and saying, "My kid is being bullied. I need you to supervise. I want information regarding the other child." From there, you can get the correct information for your child, and then provide the correct interventions for your child that fit the situation.

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Stephanie Mihalas, PhD, NCSP

Child Psychologist

Dr. Stephanie Mihalas is a licensed psychologist and a nationally certified school psychologist. Mihalas is the founder of The Center for Well-Being: Psychological Services for Children, Youth, and Families in Los Angeles, CA. Mihalas treats a wide variety of children and adolescents ranging as young as two through the later adolescent years utilizing evidenced-based interventions. Mihalas also provides school consultation. The primary focus of Mihalas' research background is in relational and physical aggression. She presents at national and state conferences and is published in peer-reviewed journals and book chapters. She also frequently engages in print and radio media ventures and has been in magazines such as Teen Vogue and Parents. Mihalas completed her postgraduate work at the Kennedy Krieger Institute at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.

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