With all the attention bullying has received recently, it’s a sad reality that bullying is still very prevalent in our schools. A recent study concluded that 22 percent of children ages 12-18 reported that they have been bullied in just the past month. A study involving 6th graders reported that nearly half of the students said they were bullied by classmates during a five day period. Verbal bullying reportedly affects approximately 75% of all students. Approximately 75% of teenagers report being bullied online at least once during a 12 month period.
While every child is a potential victim of bullying, certain subgroups of students are bullied more often than others. Sadly, obese students, gay and lesbian students and disabled students are bullied more often than others. You can teach your child to stand strong against bullying. Click here to learn more.
Often bullying involves a group of students who support and encourage each other in bullying other students. Bullies do not fit into just one category or profile. Some bullies are well connected socially, some are more isolated socially. Some bullies are bullied by others and some of those who are bullied sometimes bully others. Your child can learn strategies to stand up to bullies and create a safer atmosphere at school. Click here for some examples.
Students who get bullied, often have physical problems like headaches, colds, and other illnesses. It’s also common for victims of bullying to develop psychological symptoms such as depression, anxiety and a lack of desire to try in school. Take this quiz if you suspect your child is being bullied.
There are no simple solutions to the problem of bullying. The most effective bullying prevention plans deal with the problem by utilizing a multifaceted approach, involving the entire school community – students, families, administrators, teachers, and other staff. Research has shown that bystanders who intervene when students are being bullied make a huge difference. Parents and school staff can encourage children to get help when they are involved in bullying or know others who need help. Overall, research shows that school based anti-bullying programs are reducing bullying by about 20%. This Colorado School Resource Guide can provide additional information on prevention programs.
Kids are often reluctant to tell their parents any details of what is going on in school. This is especially true of bullying. Despite the pain that it causes, many children do not approach their parents to tell them that they are being bullied. It is therefore important to directly ask your child periodically if they are ever picked on or bullied in school. If they are, it is important for you to let their teacher know. It might also prove helpful to talk to a school administrator about the problem. In addition, try to give your child advice on how to handle the bullying. Helping your child deal effectively with being bullied might be the most important thing you ever do for them. You can find strategies to help your child who is being bullied by clicking here.
A therapist with experience in this area can help. Click here to find a therapist in your area.