A Parent's Guide to Understanding and Responding to Bullying

The Bully Busters Approach
Pages: 164
ISBN: 9780878225965
Item Number: 5359


This unique manual was developed to help parents assist their children in dealing with bullying situations.

This book can be used independently or serve as the parent involvement component for a Bully Busters school-based program.

The guide promotes an understanding of the nature and extent of bullying – the physical, emotional, and educational consequences to children who are targets of bullying, who do the bullying, or who as bystanders are directly affected by witnessing bullying and victimization.

Includes case examples based on the experiences of real families.

Book Reviews

The Bully Busters Approach parent guide is a wonderful resource for school psychologists interested in running groups for educating parents on issues related to bullying. . . . Some of the topics that were especially helpful were identification of ‘the big questions;’ listing of child, family, school, community, and society risk and protective factors; aids to help families identify their ‘sphere of influence’ and available resources; and guidelines for healthy, happy families. This resource is definitely worth having if you want to assist in reducing bullying by working with children’s families.”

—Christine Merman Woolf, Communiqué, National Association of School Psychologists

“How many times have you picked up the phone and listened to parents concerns about their child being teased, picked on or bullied at school? . . . Through real-life scenarios and clear examples, myths are dispelled and readers are guided to a greater understanding of risk and protective factors. . . . School psychologists can offer this book to parents as a resource independently or as part of a parent group. Schools that already have a bullying prevention program will find this manual an excellent component to enhance parent involvement.”

—Mary Jean McDonald, Ph.D., New York School Psychologist Newsletter

“This guide is a great resource for working with parents on the issue of bullying. . . . The authors point out the importance of emotional intelligence — an area parents do have control over, unlike the influence of television, the media, music, and peers. . . . Parents can also use this book in helping their children build the skills necessary to protect themselves from being bullied.”

—Jane Zobel, INSSWA Networker, Indiana School Social Workers Association

“Like most school staff members, parents are not sure how to handle the problem of bullying. Those who ask for guidance will find it in this excellent resource. The authors start with a clear definition of bullying, using their PIC criteria: P-bullying is purposeful, I-imbalanced, and C-continual. The bully acts with a set agenda, has some type of power over the target, and repeats the behavior over time. . . . Parents need to read this book to help their children by being armed with the latest information and not the myths from their childhoods.”

—C. J. Bott, VOYA, Voice of Youth Advocates

  1. Increasing Your Awareness of Bullying
  2. What Causes Bullying and What Can We Do?
  3. Tools for Strong Families
  4. Understanding Children Who Bully
  5. Understanding Targets of Bullying
  6. Helping Children Who Bully
  7. Helping Targets of Bullying
  8. Parents and Schools
  9. Taking Care of Yourself


  1. Levels of Influence on Bullying Behavior
  2. Child Risk and Protective Factors
  3. Family Risk and Protective Factors
  4. School Risk and Protective Factors
  5. Community Risk and Protective Factors
  6. Society’s Risk and Protective Factors
  7. Sphere of Influence
  8. Helpful Resources
  9. Big Questions Form
  10. Feelings Chart
  11. Helen’s Stressor
  12. My Stressors


  1. Play versus Bullying
  2. Bullying Differences between Girls and Boys
  3. Passive, Assertive, and Aggressive Responses
  4. You-Messages versus I-Messages
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