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Facts about Bullying

  •     Bullying affects all children.
  •     Bullies can be girls or boys.
  •     Bullies target other children who cry, get mad, or easily give in to them.
  •     Bullying can happen at school (at lunch, in the hallways, bathrooms, when teachers are not there to see what’s going on), when adults aren’t watching, and through email or instant messaging.
  •     There are three types of bullying:
    1. Physical- hitting, kicking, pushing, choking, and punching
    2. Verbal- threatening, taunting, teasing, and hate speech
    3. Social- excluding victims from activities or starting hateful rumors about them
  •     Bullying is when one child picks on another child again and again.
  •     Children who are being bullied are weak, smaller in size, shy, and feel helpless.
  •     Victims can learn how to respond safely to all three types of bullying.
  •     Victims of bullying will fear going to school, have difficulty paying attention at school, or develop symptoms of headaches and/or stomach pains.
  •     Bullies are capable of changing their behavior.
  •     Bullies who are allowed to continue the behavior can develop future problems.
  •     Children who watch the bullies pick on others can actually help to stop the bullying.

Different From Fighting or Teasing

  •     A child has power over another child.
  •     Bullies try to control the other child by making them scared.
  •     Being picked on over and over again can make your child become a victim of bullying.
  •     Bullying usually happens whenever other children are watching.

What to Do When Your Child Is Bullied

  •     Talk to your child about how to stay safe.
  •     Bullies always pick on smaller or weaker children.
  •     Get involved and ask your child these helpful questions: “How are things going on at school?” “What do you think of the other kids in your class?” “Does anyone get picked on or bullied?”
  •     Teach your child how to respond to bullying appropriately by looking the bully in the eye, stand up tall, remain calm in difficult situations, learn when to walk away, speak in a firm voice “I don’t like what you are doing.” “Please do not talk to me like that.” “Why would you say that?”
  •     For many children these skills do not naturally occur and practice is needed to feel more comfortable when dealing with the situation.
  •     Teach your child when and how to ask for help.
  •     Help your child understand how bullying hurts other children.
  •     Be a positive role model.
  •     Encourage your child to make new friends with other children by attending school clubs or adult supervised group meetings.
  •     Alert school officials to the problem in order to work out a solution for both parties.

Information on this site is intended for Angel Kids Pediatrics patients only. Always consult your doctor before beginning, modifying, or discontinuing any treatment plan.

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