Facts about bullying

August 31, 2013 6:30:44 AM PDT
General Statistics:

  • 1 in 7 students, grades K-12 admit to being a victim of a bully, or doing some "bullying"
  • It is estimated that each day over 160, 000 students miss school for fear of being bullied
The National Centre Against Bullying identify four types of bullying:
  1. Physical bullying (hitting, kicking, tripping, pinching, damaging property)
  2. Verbal bullying (name calling, insults, intimidation)
  3. Covert bullying (harming someone's social reputation, cause humiliation)
  4. Cyberbullying (overt or covert, harassing someone via social media)
Kids who are bullied typically feel they are different, powerless, unpopular and alone. What parents/caregivers can do:
  • Teach your child how to be assertive
  • Teach your child not to fight back, get an adult involved in the situation
  • Remind your child that all actions have consequences
  • Listen to your child's concerns, ask questions
  • Be aware of changes in behavior/habits
  • Monitor the use of social media, set rules and guidelines
  • Be a positive influence, kids learn by example
Online resources: stopbullying.gov, National Centre Against Bullying

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