The Bully Factor – Play It Safe

Bullying is not a new problem, but it is certainly top of mind when it comes to the challenges youngpeople face today. According to the Centers for Disease Control’s Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance Survey, 1 out of 5 students reported experiencing bullying. Not only does this interfere with their academic progress, but also their well-being. Children who are bullied are more likely to experience emotional challenges including depression, anxiety and loneliness. As parents, how do we know if our child is being bullied and, if he or she is, what is the right action to take? As a first step, review the following warning signs.

Warning signs to look for:

Your child…

  • Comes home with unexplained injuries or with damaged or missing clothing or other belongings
  • Has a change in eating habits
  • Makes excuses not to go to school
  • Has fewer friends
  • Feels helpless
  • Talks about suicide
  • Acts out of character
  • Avoids certain places or playing outside alone
  • Feels like they are not good enough
  • Has trouble sleeping
  • Blames themselves for their problems

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Books on bullying Bully:

A Lift-the-Flap Book By: Sheri Safran and Naomi Tipping 

Fun illustrations allow for a direct approach to a practical discussion between parents and young children on how to recognize bullying behavior, including cyber bullying.

The Bully Solution: A Parent’s Guide By: Carol McMullen

The author offers practical ways for parents to assess bullying behavior in terms of what to look for and how to help children cope with it. The book also includes a chapter on cyber bullying.

Vicious: True Stories by Teens about Bullying Edited by: Hope Vanderberg

This book presents snapshots of real accounts shared by teenagers who faced a situation in which they were bullied or they bullied others. Topics covered include physical, verbal and cyber bullying