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Know! To Recognize & Respond to Bullying
October is National Bullying Prevention Month; an opportunity to bring awareness to an issue that is negatively impacting children and families nationwide.
Bullying touches the lives of at least one out of every four children in the U.S. In this year alone, approximately 13 million youth from preschool to high school will experience it. Yet, many parents do not even know their child is a victim. One study revealed that as many as 64% of youth who were bullied did not tell a parent, teacher or any other adult about it. Will your child be one of them? Would you recognize it and know how to respond?
Bullying can take various forms. While the schoolyard bully who pushes around smaller children or steals their lunch money still exists, the term “bullying” includes several other negative behaviors. Bullying can be physical, verbal, sexual, emotional, cyberbullying or combinations of the five. In any case, according to Pacer Center’s Teens Against Bullying, it’s considered bullying if:
- The person is being hurt, harmed or humiliated with words or behavior.
- It can be behavior that is repeated, or it can be a single incident.
- It is being done intentionally.
- The person being hurt has a hard time defending him/herself from the behavior.
- Those who are doing it have more power, meaning, they are older, physically stronger, have a higher social status, or if multiple youth “gang up” on another child.
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