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.

Additional resources from stopbullying.gov:

  •  “Yes That’s Bullying” video that helps explain bullying, even to very young kids
  • “What is Bullying?” Video which demonstrates what bullying can lead to

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.