By Elizabeth Perzan, MSW, RSW
25% of Canadian children are bullied. That’s 1 in 4, and it only accounts for what has been reported.
We all know that the frequency is much higher.
Children that are bullied are more likely to feel sad, alone, and helpless. They often lose interest in their favourite activities, avoid school, and experience disruptions to their sleeping and eating patterns.
It is frustrating and worrisome to witness your child going through these issues while feeling powerless to help them. Many parents blame themselves, get angry at their child for not fighting back, rage against the school system and the perpetrator for causing so much heartache, and experience depressive symptoms (e.g., feelings of worthlessness, irritability, disturbed sleep, heightened anxiety and irritation) as a result.
Is your child being bullied? Here's how you can help.
Here are some helpful things that you can do:
Strategies to STOP bullying:
Canada's Anti-Bullying Reporting Program: Bullying Statistics, Cyberbullying. (2014). - STOP A BULLY. Retrieved from http://www.stopabully.ca/http://www.stopabully.ca/bullying-statistics.html
Helping Kids Deal With Bullies. (2013). Kidshealth.org. Retrieved from http://kidshealth.org/
StopBullying.gov. (2017). StopBullying.gov. Retrieved from https://www.stopbullying.gov/
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