Did you know? One out of every four students reports being bullied during the school year.
Research shows that children who are bullied are more likely feel like they are alone, different, powerless and unpopular.
In 2006, PACER National Bullying Prevention Center declared October as National Bullying Prevention Month. The campaign works to unite communities nationwide to raise awareness of bullying prevention. Throughout the last 10 years, the campaign has involved hundreds of schools and organizations that have signed on as partners. Some of the partners are Disney, CNN, Facebook, Instagram, TLC and Yahoo!.
The campaign helps both parents and kids understand that bullying is never acceptable. Research shows that children who bully do it because they think the bullying will help them be popular, they want to copy their friends or they think they are better than the child they are bullying.
Bullying is no longer just being mean to another child. Today bullying can include:
- Spreading rumors
- Leaving kids out on purpose
- Physically attacking
- Yelling at the child
- Talking about hurting the child
If you suspect that your child is being bullied, some common signs to look for include:
- Experiencing low self-esteem
- Having poor grades
- Isolating themselves so they have only a few friends
- Developing a negative view of school and education
- Experiencing physical symptoms, such as feeling sick, headaches, tiredness, etc.
- Experiencing mental health issues, such as anxiety, depression and suicidal thoughts
Most kids who are bullied believe the bully is more powerful than they are. Children who are bullied can also have problems later in life, which can include alcohol and drug abuse, dropping out of school and getting into fights.
If you or someone you know is being bullied, call Dr. Schumacher at (614) 299-9909 to discuss options.
Sources: Stompoutbullying.org and Pacer.org