Highlights from the Lauderhill Police Anti-bullying Pocket Pal
Bullying: Is behavior that's intentionally hurtful and often repetitive. It usually involves a child with greater physical or social power dominating a child with less. Bullying can take several forms:
- physical (e.g., shoving, tripping)
- verbal (e.g., name-calling, insults)
- psychological (e.g., rumors, humiliation, social exclusion)
The Scope of the Problem
Bullying is a serious problem linked to teen and preteen suicide as well as school shootings. Research shows that 15-25% of U.S. students are bullied with some frequency. A reported 15-20% of U.S. students admit they bully others. Only 25-50% of children talk to an adult about being bullied.
Who is Affected?
Common targets of bullying are shy and anxious youth with few or no friends. The most likely kids to be bullied are those who are gay or believed to be gay. However, bullying affects nearly all children. Research shows that 85% of youth witness school bullying incidents. This can cause fear, sadness, powerlessness, and guilt for the bystanders, or may influence them to bully others.
How to protect your kids
- Find out if their schools have Bully-Prevention Programs and/or procedures. If so, learn about them.
- Role-play bullying scenarios. Teach your kids how to stay calm and walk away from the situation.
- Teach them how to be a good friend and encourage positive friendships.
- Build their self-esteem with frequent praise and words of support.
- Make sure your kids use the privacy settings on social networking sites such as Facebook, only "friend" people they know and trust, and never give out their passwords to anyone but you.