gerund or present participle: bullying
use superior strength or influence to intimidate (someone), typically to force him or her to do what one wants.
Bullying happens in school, at work, in video games, tabletop games, cosplay and on the street. It happens all around us. Bullying happens all around us. It happens every day, but very little is done to prevent it or to help bullied victims.
- Suicide is the third leading cause of death among young people- about 4,400 per year
- Bully victims are 2-9 times more likely to consider suicide (Yale University study)
- Suicide rates among 10 to 14-year-olds have grown more than 50 percent over the last three decades. (The American Association of Suicidology, AAS)
- 1 of every 10 students who drops out of school does so because of repeated bullying
- A new review of studies from 13 countries found signs of an apparent connection between bullying, being bullied, and suicide. (Yale School of Medicine)
- An estimated 160,000 children miss school every day because they fear attack or intimidation by bullies.
- Harassment and bullying have been linked to 75 percent of school-shooting incidents.
Bullying can happen anywhere. Many children and teens are regular victims of bullying, which can lead to serious emotional scarring and problems with 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 and children who might be bullies themselves.
Types of bullying:
- Verbal. This type of bullying usually involves name calling and/or teasing.
- Social. Spreading rumors, intentionally leaving others out of activities, breaking up friendships, etc.
- Physical. This traditional form of bullying involves hitting, punching, shoving and other acts of intentional physical harm.
- Cyberbullying. This method of bullying involves using the internet, texting, email and other digital technologies to harm others.
Facts on bullying:
- 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, smaller 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.
Think before you speak and don’t stand silent in the face of yourself or others being bullied.
There is help for you. You’re not alone.
National Suicide Prevention Hotline:
1-800-273-8255 or TEXT: HELLO to 741741
(Online Chat Available)
Cyber Bully Hotline:
1-800-420-1479 TEXT: HOME to 741741
1-866-488-7386 or TEXT: START to 678678
1-800-445-4808 or TEXT: CARE to 839863
1-800-950-6264 or TEXT: NAMI to 741741
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