Words Can Kill !!
- Over 3.2 million students are victims of bullying each year
- Approximately 160,000 teens skip school every day because of bullying
- 1 in 4 teachers see nothing wrong with bullying and will only intervene 4% of the time
- By the age of 14 less than 30% of boys and 40% of girls will talk to their peers about bullying
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What is bullying?
Bullying is an imbalance of power. Typically those who engage in bully like behaviours 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. Bullies are those who are intent on causing harm and they don’t do things by accident and are repeatedly targeting the same person or group of people.
For some people schools can be a place for learning, discovery and friendships .But for some children, it can also be a place of cruelty and, loneliness and fear.
It is important for parents to discuss the facts on bullying with their children to help teach them how to watch out for bullying. There are several signs parents can look for in their child:
- Comes home with unexplained injuries or damages or missing clothing or other belongings
- Talks about suicide
- Has trouble sleeping
- Acts out of character
- Avoids certain places or playing outside alone
Children who are confident and have a higher self-esteem are less likely to fall into the prey of attacks of bullying but anyone can fall into the hands of a bully.