I recently appeared on New Day Northwest where host Margaret Larson asked what parents should do if they are told their child has been bullying others. A viewer misinterpreted what I said, so I thought I'd clarify my position on the issue.
What parents should do if they are alerted by school officials that there may be a problem with their child -- either as a bully or a victim. This is a really tough situation and I've had to answer this question many times. As I explained in the interview, a parent's natural reaction is to say, "Oh, no, not MY child."
The problem is that too many parents will just automatically assume that the educational "establishment" is out to get their child. And part of this is due both to the natural feeling of wanting to protect your child. You don't want to be told that your kid is a BAD KID and that's what you hear when someone tells you that Little Johnny or Little Suzie have been involved in an "incident."