Bully Prevention

The facts on bullying reveal it is a growing problem among teens and children. There are several different types of bullying including cyber bullying, bullying in schools, as well as other forms of harassing.

Bullying can happen anywhere. Many children and teens are regular victims of bullying, which can lead to serious emotional scarring and problems with the victim's self-esteem and self-image. Correcting these behaviors before they start or get out of hand are important for parents and educators to keep in mind. In this article we are discussing the facts on bullying and how you can watch for warning signs in victims of bullying as well as in children who might be bullies themselves.

The following links are great for learning of cyber bullying, teen suicide, and violent behavior:
​Understanding Bullying
There are different types of bullying, such as:
  • Verbal - This type of bullying usually involves name calling and or teasing.
  • Social - Spreading rumors, intentionally leaving others out of activities on purpose, breaking up friendships are all examples of social bullying.
  • Physical - This traditional form of bullying involves hitting, punching, shoving and other acts of intention physical harm.
  • Cyber bullying - This method of bullying involves using the Internet, texting, email, and other digital technologies to harm others.
Some important facts and behaviors common with bullying are:
  • Imbalance of power - Typically those who engage in bully-like behaviors use their strength, popularity or power to harm, control, or manipulate others. They will usually target those who are weaker in size or may have a difficult time defending themselves.
  • Intent to cause harm - A bully is a person who does not do things by accident. The bully intends to physically or emotionally injure a person or group of persons.
  • Repetition - Typically incidents of bullying are not a one-time thing. Bullies target the same person or group over and over again.

​Discussing the Issue

It is important for parents to discuss the facts on bullying with their children to help teach them how to watch out for bullying and to avoid being bullied. There are several signs parents can look for when evaluating if your child is a victim of bullying:
  • Comes home with unexplained injuries or with damaged or missing clothing or other belongings
  • Has 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
The facts on bullying also provide information on what types of signs to look for in children who might be bullying others:
  • Becomes frequently violent
  • Has trouble controlling anger
  • Is manipulative and controlling of others and situations
  • Is quick to blame others
  • Does not accept responsibility for their actions