And it may be leading some kids to erupt in anger or violence. In fact, a study funded by the Centers for Disease Control found that 81 percent of students have bullied another student.
Usually, they ridicule, threaten to hurt, push, shove or slap a victim. But bullying can also include isolating a child and refusing to talk to him or her.
Most schools want to stop bullying. But they don’t always know it’s going on. Victims often keep quiet about what’s happening to them. They’re afraid that if they tell someone, the bullying will just get worse.
But parents can often tell that something is going on. A child who suddenly doesn’t want to go to school may be afraid of what’s going to happen in the hall. A kid who withdraws from everything may also be a bullying victim.
If you think your child may be a bullying victim, try to talk about it. If your suspicions are right, make sure you report the bullying to the school.
Act early—bullying won’t go away by itself. But do your teen a favor and be discrete when you visit the teacher or principal.
Be sure to get your child help, too. You may need to get counseling for your child. But act, since studies show that many bullies were themselves victims.
Some victims of bullying can also explode—as some recent school tragedies have shown.
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