Many young people say that bullying is one of the biggest problems they face. In fact, 52 percent of students report seeing bullying at least once a week. This negatively affects the victims and the bullies as well as the kids who witness bullying and the school environment as a whole.
Bullying is a widespread and serious problem. From the playground to the classroom to the Internet, bullying can happen anywhere at anytime. A recent national bullying study found that 40% of educators consider bullying to be a moderate or major problem in their schools and that 32% of students ages 12-18 have experienced bullying at some point.
Bullying involves an individual or group of people repeatedly abusing another person—physically (e.g. hitting), verbally (e.g. name-calling), and/or socially (e.g. spreading rumors)—inflicting a real or perceived imbalance of power.
With the rise of social media, bullies can now reach their targets from behind their computers and cellphones. According to a Cyberbullying study by McAfee,almost one in four of teens claim to be a target of cyberbullying and two-thirds of all teens have witnessed cyberbullying online.
Acts of bullying are not isolated incidents. There are almost always peers, adults, and other community members aware that the bullying is taking place. Constant name-calling, threats, physical abuse, and gossip can leave a child seriously hurt and depressed. The person being bullied does not know how or does not have the power to make it stop. They need your help.
In just fifteen minutes you can help stop bullying in your community by learning how to recognize bullying, educating others, and intervening to stop children from being harmed by bullies
Some parents don’t think bullying is a big deal. They think it’s a rite of passage to adulthood, that it’s just kids being kids. But for kids, bullying is one of the biggest problems they face. In fact, every day 160,000 kids miss school because they’re scared of bullying.
A lot of the time kids don’t tell their parents that they’re being bullied. They may be embarrassed, or they may think that telling will make the bullying worse. To help their children, parents may need to do some detective work to spot the clues that bullying is happening. Here are some signs that a child is being bullied:
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Contact the Teacher, Guidance Counselor, or School Administrator.
If you need additional resources, contact your local law enforcement agency.
Bullying can cause major psychological effects including suicidal thoughts.
If you or someone you know is having suicidal thoughts please contact the suicide prevention hotline 1-800-273-TALK (8255)