By: Steven Petrow
How has the Internet changed the way my gay child is bullied?
What’s the best way for our family to handle a bullying situation affecting our child?
It’s important for all moms and dads, regardless of their sexual orientation or that of their children, to allow for an open-door policy between parent and tween or teen. That means setting expectations early – before any issues arise – about talking together about any form of teasing, harassment, or bullying. You don’t want your kid to try to handle this by him/herself. If an incident seems like more than a one-off scuffle, then talk to your child’s teacher or principal as well as to other parents about whether the school needs to institute an anti-bullying program. Note that some states protect our kids under anti-LGBT bullying statutes; federal civil rights statutes may also apply.
How can I teach my child to be more respectful to his/her LGBT peers?
Steven Petrow is the author of the book, Steven Petrow’s Complete Gay & Lesbian Manners.