A video of a 68-year old New York bus monitor being bullied by middle schoolers surfaced yesterday – bringing the unsettling topic of bullying top of mind.

Bullying can be one of the toughest situations a child or adult can face – and can arise in many forms from verbal to physical to emotional. It can manifest in a variety of ways including via the Internet (i.e. cyberbullying) and by spreading rumors. The aftermath of bullying can last a lifetime, providing a sense of hurt, isolation and fear.

According to the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, as many as half of all children are bullied at some time during their school years, and at least 10% are bullied regularly.

In this Seattle Children’s Teenology 101 blog post, Dr. Henry Berman, a member of the Division of Adolescent Medicine at Seattle Children’s, provides tips for parents on:

  • How to tell if your child is being bullied
  • What to do if your child is a bullying victim
  • Advice you can give your child to reduce their risk of being bullied

What can be done to help stop bullying from happening? Check out these helpful guidelines:

We can all work toward reducing bullying by talking to our kids about what bullying is and brainstorming ways we can prevent it from happening.

Additional resources from stopbullying.gov:

 

If you’d like to arrange an interview with a Children’s team member to discuss bullying,  please contact our PR team at 206-987-4500 or press@seattlechildrens.org.