My name is Byn Conner and our family went through a terrible bullying ordeal when our son was in grade five.
My family created this website to help other families going through a bullying situation with their child. We do not want anyone else to suffer the stress, the way that our family suffered, trying to figure this out how to turn the situation around.
We were friends with another family and their son decided to turn everyone in the grade, all the boys, against our son. It was a very small school with 11 boys in the grade.
The bully was extremely manipulative and he organized other kids to hunt our son down on the playground. The bully was classified as gifted, and at the time, he had all the teachers fooled that he was actually a really nice kid.
When I found out what was truly going on, I was so shocked and I just could not believe this was happening to our kind and caring son. It was so stressful for our entire family, and we didn’t know what to do and we could not find a lot of the information that we were looking for.
How we solved the problem
I really wanted a one stop shop that could help walk us through the situation. I wanted someone to hold my hand from beginning to end and and help me navigate what we had to do to solve the problem.
My husband spent hours researching and looking for the information that we need to turn the situation around for our child. We had to find out what was going on, write letters to the school and meet with teachers and the principal, have a strategy in place, talk to other parents, navigate all of this and keep our son’s self esteem in tact.
This was not a situation that our son would have been able to solve for himself, this bullying situation was something that he needed help with, and we needed to be his advocates. If we had left it to the school to handle the situation I think our son’s self esteem would have been left in tatters.
Our son came through the bullying situation stronger, empowered and he has gone on the achieve amazing results. We found out why our son was being targeted by the bully, and we gave our child permission and some tactics to help him stand up for himself.
Why we created Bullied to Empowered
If we can help another family, creating this web site will have been completely worthwhile. When your child is being bullied, it doesn’t just affect the child it affects the whole family because you have to figure out how to deal with it as a family.