Israel Price had endured name calling and schoolyard taunts for years, but said what happened weeks into this school year surprised even him.
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Tips to deal with bullying:
- If the bullying is physical, rescue your child from the threat and keep detailed notes of the event and alert the authorities immediately.
- If the bullying is verbal and your child has an emotional reaction such as showing anger or tears, the bullying will continue. Teach them to not show emotion and the bullying will stop.
- If the bullying is online, teach your child to respond using the Golden Rule. Treat everyone like friends, even your enemies. A brief and kind response will make the bully look and feel foolish and the bullying will stop.
- If the bullying involves social exclusion, help the child understand that not everyone wants to be his or her friend. When children can enjoy a few loyal friends, without seeking approval from everyone else, they will be much happier.
- If the bullying is from an adult, help your child confront the adult with an attitude of respect and a desire for reconciliation. Blaming or attacking the adult will only escalate hostilities.
Source: Brooks Gibbs, bullying expert and national spokesman for “Be The Difference. Speak Up Against Bullying!” Program
Bullying by the numbers:
How common is it?
- 16 percent of students report being bullied two to three times a month or more at school
- 7 percent of students bullied others at school
- One-fifth of all students were involved in bullying at school, either as a student who was bullied, one who bullied others, or both.
At what grades is bullying most common?
- The percentage of students who were bullied decreased steadily from third through 12th grade
- The percentage of students who bullied others peaked in 8th-10th grades; different age trends were found for boys and girls who bullied
By whom are students bullied?
- Boys were most frequently bullied by other boys
- Girls were bullied by both girls and boys
How long does bullying last?
- 51 percent of bullied students reported that they had been bullied for 6 months or more
- 39 percent of bullied students reported that they have been bullied for one year or longer
Whom do students tell about being bullied?
- Bullied students were more likely to tell parents than teachers, siblings, or friends
- 30 percent of bullied high school girls and 41 percent of bullied high school boys had not told anyone about being bullied
How many students are afraid of being bullied?
- 14 percent of students were “often” afraid of being bullied
Source: Bullying in U.S. Schools: 2012 Status Report, Clemson University and Hazelden Foundation