Two-thirds of recent school shootings in the United States were conducted by young people who had been bullied. These numbers show us that the effects of bullying are too life threatening to ignore. Every year, the month of October is dedicated to raising awareness of bullying prevention. There are a number of things that can be done by parents and school administrators to help those who are victims of bullying, as well as putting a stop those who might be bullying others.
Children naturally pick up behaviors from their parents. Those who are exposed to aggressive behavior or an overly strict home environment, may be prone to bullying. If you think your child may be bullying, it should be monitored over time by questioning the child, as well as continuously contacting the school to examine what is going on and to see if or when it stops.
While bullying often occurs in school bathrooms, on the playground, or in the hallways, it can also happen through cell phones and the internet. Some signs that your child might be a victim of bullying include lost or damaged personal belongings, changes in their eating habits, and avoidance of social settings and school.
Parents and school administrators should talk to students who are bullying or being bullied, separately. Having a discussion with them in the same room can be intimidating or embarrassing for the child who is being bullied.
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