When faced with bullying, it's easy to feel helpless. Doing something about it can seem even harder when the bullying affects children with special needs. But there are simple things you can do to help. Our toolkit is a great place to look for ideas and support.
Here's one thing you can do right now: use these tips to start talking to your child about bullying. When you talk with your kids about these tough issues, they're more likely to speak up when they are bullied or see acts of bullying around them. Talking about it empowers them to help change the culture of bullying.
Tina and David Long are big supporters of the Bully Free World movement and advocates for children with special needs. You may know them from the film BULLY as the parents of Tyler, who they lost to suicide in 2009. Because of their painful story, they are determined to help other parents of children with special needs. Check out their video message, and then take a look at the conversation-starters in our toolkit — they can help you talk to your kids and start to change the culture of bullying in your community.
The Longs bravely told their story in the BULLY film. If the toolkit has inspired you to talk to your kids or get involved in other ways, we hope you'll share your story. When we speak up, we all learn from each other, and the power of the Bully Free World movement keeps growing.
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