An increasing problem in the school systems is bullying. Now a days schools hire companies to provide tips and prevention videos to help keep kids safe.
Bullying was once considered a rite of passage. However, parents, educators, and community leaders now see it as a devastating form of abuse. In fact, it can have long-term effects on youthful victims, robbing them of self-esteem, and sometimes prompting health problems and suicide.
A recent study by the Family and Work Institute reported that one-third of youth are bullied at least once a month. The others say six out of 10 American teens witness bullying at least once a day. Witnessing bullying can be harmful, too, as it may make the witness feel helpless - or that he or she is the next target.
Children who are bullied are often singled out because of a perceived difference between them and others. Whether it’s because of appearance (size, weight, or clothes), intellect, or, increasingly, ethnic or religious affiliation and sexual orientation. And bullying can be a gateway behavior, teaching the perpetrator that threats and aggression are acceptable even in adulthood.
Here are a few tips to help prevent bullying in your school or with your child. Make sure you ask questions about the bullying situation, find out whats really going on with your child. Then you can proceed to discuss the matter with the school, this can be very helpful at a younger age. It may get a little hard or more embarrassing for the kid as he or she gets older. Another great way to prevent bullying or further bullying is to meet with the parents o the other child. Hopefully doing so will help put an end to your child’s suffering.
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