Bullying affects us too: parental responses to bullying at kindergarten

Humphrey, Gary and Crisp, Beth R. 2008, Bullying affects us too: parental responses to bullying at kindergarten, Australian journal of early childhood, vol. 33, no. 1, pp. 45-49.

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Title Bullying affects us too: parental responses to bullying at kindergarten
Author(s) Humphrey, Gary
Crisp, Beth R.
Journal name Australian journal of early childhood
Volume number 33
Issue number 1
Start page 45
End page 49
Total pages 5
Publisher Early Childhood Australia Inc.
Place of publication Deakin, A.C.T.
Publication date 2008-03
ISSN 0312-5033
Keyword(s) bullying
kindergarten children
parent attitudes
parent school relationship
early childhood education
Summary Preschool age children are often thought of as too young to be able to engage in bullying behaviours. However, when it does occur, there are ramifications not only for the child but also for parents and siblings. This article explores this issue by reporting on an exploratory study involving interviews with four parents whose child had experienced bullying in a Victorian kindergarten. Parents reported a range of responses, including anger, guilt for not protecting their child, and powerlessness in the face of denial from kindergarten staff that their child had been bullied. Being unable to access information about bullying among preschool children which might validate their experiences, reinforced the sense of isolation these parents experienced. Further research which explores the needs of family members of children bullied in the kindergarten (prior to school) setting is needed.
Language eng
Field of Research 160702 Counselling, Welfare and Community Services
Socio Economic Objective 970116 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30017103

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