Bullying consists of three basic types of abuse; Emotional, Verbal, and Physical.
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Surveys indicate that as many as half of all children are bullied at some time during their school years, and at least 10% are bullied on a regular basis. Bullying is different between boys and girls. Boys tend to be more physical and intimidating where as girls are more verbal usually toward other girls. Bullying today doesn’t stop at school for children. It continues on social networking, for example facebook, harassing email’s, threatening calling and texts. Children who are bullied in school may have higher rates of depression, anxiety, low self-esteem and high rates of school absence.
Some signs of being bullied are depression such as:
*withdrawal from their families and peers
*lost of interest in activities/school
*feeling anxious or worried
*talking about having no friends/talking about being picked on/talking about suicide
* also children are likely to not want to go to school/high absence
Some ways to avoid Bullying:
*Most bullies thrive on reaction, so the best thing to do is to ignore it. This shows confidence and bullies like to pick on people who are shy or weak, according to them. Remember, most bullies are insecure and need to show that they are tougher.
*Talk about the situation to a trusted adult, like a parent, teacher or principal. This way they know what is going on and will keep a watchful eye in case it escalates into more of a problem.
*One major way to get back at the Bully is to start a Anti-Program at your school: Go directly to the principal and tell them you want to begin a program for students who are bullied. Put up posters in your school hallway and that’s the beginning to intimidating your Bully into being shameful of their actions without actually confronting him/her. You will be the Hero of the School!
Parent of Children that are being bullied:
*Most children won’t tell their parents that they are being bullied. It usually starts by them not wanting to go to school, not wanting to join any sports and just wanting to withdraw for social events. Talk and listen to your child. Ask question on what happened? If your child is not talking you must take charge and get together with a school official, a principal, a teacher, a coach or all of the above. Stay in contact every day until the situation is resolved. Sometimes a school official doesn’t know the situation because children may be bullied in the halls, in the bathroom or on the buses. You must tackle the problem A.S.A.P.
*Also as parents, you can also take it to the School Board to request education against bullying in their child’s school! Parents hold powers to protect their children and would do anything to avoid harm done to them.
*And remember one important detail; Once you’re child is threatened by a bully, It’s a crime called “Criminal Threatening.” Criminal Threatening is the crime of intentionally or knowingly putting another person in fear of imminent bodily injury. If this is the case, it’s time to alert the police.