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, 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:
- “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 firstname.lastname@example.org.