Over 160,000 kids miss school every day out of fear of being attacked or intimidated by other students. When questioned, children who bully typically deny their unacceptable behavior, causing children who are their targets to doubt their own judgment, interpretations, and perceptions.
Bullying is increasingly common and is not always reported because children who are targeted will often try to cope or conceal it. As a parent, it is important to be on alert. Please click here for a list of indicators which serve as red flags.
Parents need to listen. Believe what your child is telling you, and never doubt or blame him/her. It is not your child's responsibility to fix this problem and s/he would not be turning to you for help s/he could. You must provide unconditional support; your child is enduring emotional, verbal and/or physical abuse and needs to know that you have his/her back now more than ever.
Parents of children who bully need to let their kids know that aggression of any kind is unacceptable and will not be tolerated.
Bullying is often a cry for help. It is important to find out where the aggression is coming from.
Bullying is a pattern of aggressive or passive aggressive behavior used in order to hurt another person. It is repetitive, mean, and there is malicious intent. To learn more, click here.
Cyberbullying occurs when a person uses the internet, digital technologies and/or mobile phones to threaten, harass, humiliate or embarrass a peer. The target of cyberbullying may accrue a throng of tormenters, some of whom s/he has never even met.