Bullying and What To Do About It
Bullying is aggressive behavior. A child is targeted by one or more youths with repeated negative actions over a period of time. These are intentional attempts to cause discomfort or injury and can include name-calling, making faces, obscene gesturing, malicious teasing, threats, rumors, physical hitting, kicking, pushing, and choking. More subtle is simply excluding a child from the group. Generally, bullying occurs when there's an imbalance of power favoring the bully. Victims usually feel they don't have the strength to defend themselves. Make no mistake, bullying is a form of violence that shouldn't be tolerated.
See the Scope of the Problem
Spot the Bullies
Know Their Targets
Take Steps to Stop It
You can find more helpful information about bullying at the following websites:
KidsHealth for Parents: Bullying and Your Child
National PTA: Safeguarding Your Child at School, Helping Children Deal with a School Bully
For more information, contact your local mental health association or the National Mental Health Association.