When and how should I seek help?
Seeking help isn’t just for kids. Parents sometimes need support when their children experience peer victimization. Use the tips below to determine whether you need to seek help and, if so, where to find it.
A Closer Look: Seeking help
When to Seek Help
In the WITS LEADerS Program, students learn to determine when they should seek help by asking themselves four questions:
- Could you or someone else get hurt?
- Does the situation make you feel afraid or uneasy?
- Is this something you can’t handle alone?
- Did your attempts to deal with the situation not work?
These questions work equally well for parents. If you answer yes to any of the above questions, it is a good idea to seek help.
How to Seek Help
Local parent groups can often provide information to parents about what resources are available and how to most efficiently access them. Contact your local home and school federation or parent advisory council to see what help they can offer or check out the guide below:
- Call it Safe: A parent guide for dealing with bullying in elementary schools by BC Confederation of Parent Advisory Councils (BCCPAC), 2003
Parent Toolkit: Your Pyramid of Support
Check out Your Pyramid of Support for suggested sources of help for parents whose children are experiencing problems with peer victimization.
Every situation is different and every source of support offers different kinds of assistance, so parents may need to seek help from multiple places before getting the assistance they need. Remember: if at first you don’t get the help you need, keep seeking help until you do!