Bullying Tips for Parents

Recent incidents of school violence demonstrate that bullying can have tragic consequences for individuals, families, schools and entire communities.  Bullying is painful, lasting and related to low self-esteem, suicidal thoughts, anger, and other mental and physical health problems.  Because of the increased risk of suicide associated with bullying--for victims and perpetrators alike--open dialogue and support are crucial in ensuring safety for our children and teenagers.

Recognize It

Bullying is aggressive behavior. It occurs when a child is targeted by one or more youth with repeated negative actions over a period of time. These are intentional attempts to cause discomfort or injury and can include name-calling, obscene gesturing, malicious teasing, exclusion, threats, rumors, physical hitting, kicking, pushing and choking. Cyber-bullying is also a real and growing problem today.  Make no mistake: bullying of any kind is a form of violence that should not be tolerated.

See the Scope of the Problem

  • The Journal of the American Medical Association reports that one-third of U.S. students experience bullying, either as a target or a perpetrator.
  • More than 70 percent of teachers and students have witnessed bullying in their schools. [1]
  • 28 percent of students, in 6th through 12th grade, report being bullied. [2]
  • Only a small percentage of children who are bullied, report it.  The reason is often because they do not believe adults will help them.  [3]

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