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When "bullying" occurs, there is an intent to cause physical or emotional harm.  This includes any gesture, written or verbal, and/or physical act which is motivated by actual or perceived characteristics including: appearance, religion, sexual orientation (real or perceived), gender identity, nationality, race and/or ethnicity. Children with disabilities are much more likely to be bullied than their non-disabled peers, and are often at a greater disadvantage as it relates to self-defense.

Children who bully are often blatant with their use verbal taunts, threats, or physical aggression, but others are more discreet and may gossip, spread rumors, ostracize,  or purposefully exclude another child or teenager.  

Bullying may occur in person or in the form of "cyberbullying," where social media sites are used with the same malice in order to humiliate, embarrass or spread rumors to a wider audience.

"Conflicts" are arguments or disagreements.  There may be hard feelings, but these incidents tend to be isolated and occur with irregular frequency.  

Whether your child is involved in conflicts or bullying, you will feel emotionally distressed because it is difficult to know how to make things better without making them worse.  While you are agonizing over the best thing to do, your child is
suffering.  

It's a lonely path; you do not need to walk it by yourself.

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