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How To Intervene If Your Child Is Being A Bully

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – With kids settling back into their social life at school, bullying can come up as an issue.

Natalie Sergent, licensed psychologist at Intermountain Healthcare, has advice for parents whose children may be bullying others.

She said typically kids who bully others do it because they are struggling with self-esteem, and they’re trying to make themselves feel better.

“If you find out your kid is the one who’s bullying others, that can be a sign to you as a parent that maybe we need to do something different to increase our child’s self-esteem or their sense of self worth,” Sergent said.

She suggested parents help their kids get out more, do more social activities, and meet more people. She also said therapy might be necessary to help teach skills in dealing with anger and irritability.

Sergent said one resource available to parents that is often underused is the school’s counselor. They are licensed, available and ready to help.

Students can also report bullying through the SafeUT app safely and anonymously. It’s a free download from the App Store or from Google Play.

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