A Survival Guide to Bullying
Bullying is a serious issue experienced by kids of all ages, both male and female. It can have serious negative effects on both the child doing the bullying and the one being bullied. Gone are the days when bullying was innocent teasing. It has evolved into violence and severe harassment. Get educated on bullying and learn how to protect your little one.
Some of the facts on bullying might surprise you:
Approximately 5.7 million children are estimated to be involved in bullying, whether they are being bullied or doing the bullying.
Males involved in bullying are more likely to be involved in physical violence, involving hitting, slapping, or pushing.
Children that come from homes with little support are more likely to engage in bullying others.
Children who are bullied are often reported to have low self esteem and experience depression and anxiety.
Females involved in bullying are more apt to initiate or be the subject of sexual comments than males of the same age.
Female children often bully only other girls.
Male bullies have been known to target both males and females.
More resources on bullying facts:
- Safe Youth -Bullying facts and statistics
- Parenting Book Mark -facts for parents on bullying
- Safety Center – facts on bullying and harassment
- Bullying and Kids -American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry information on bullying
- Youth Noise -facts on bullying
Bullying Laws””Legalities Involved with Child Bullies
More than 15 states have passed laws involving bullying by children in school. These laws address the issue of bullying through the creation of legal definitions and the establishment of official policies that prohibit bullying in school. Some schools have taken the legal obligations further and constructed their own bullying policy.
Different states have taken different approaches toward bulling as the legal definition varies from state to state.
More resources on legislation involving bullying in schools:
- National Conference of State Legislature -a discussion involving bullying laws
- Stop Bullying Now -directives in laws related to bullying
- Bully Police -a discussion and rating of states with bullying laws
- Focusas -what parents should know about bullying
- Ed.Gov -exploring bullying and ways to prevent it
Signs of Someone Being Bullied
If you have a child, it is important to know the warning signs that they are being bullied at home. Some of these warning signs might include:
- Coming home with torn clothing
- Coming home with items missing, such as backpack, money, etc.
- Unexplained injuries, cuts, etc.
- Frequent nightmares
- Trouble sleeping
- Suffers from lack of self esteem
- Nervousness and anxiety
- Sadness or depression, especially after school
- Lack of desire to go to school
More resources on determining of your child is involved in bullying:
- Education.com -is your child being bullied?
- Stop Bullying Now“”signs that a child is the subject of bullying
- Connexions-Direct -what are signs that someone is being bullied?
- Kids Health -helping your kids deal with bullies
- Reach Out -how to help someone that is being bullied
Want to Learn More?
For those who want to learn more about bullying, types of bullying, and how you can do more, check out some of these resources on bullying and harassment, approved by Consumer Lawyers:
- Publications -resources for educators and parents on bullying
- Kids Turn Central -resources for kids on bulling
- Safe Youth -bullying prevention and facts
- NCLS -research and publications on bullying
- National School Safety Center -information and leaflets on bullying
Bullying is a serious issue that must be addressed. Every kid goes through it or sees it at some point or another, but it doesn’t have to be an endless issue. Learn to help your child by observing the warning signs, and be there for them in every way that you can.
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