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.
Today may mark the end of National Bullying Prevention Month, but that doesn't mean our efforts to prevent bullying should end too.
Many children and teenagers have a good idea of what bullying is because they see it every day. Bullying can have detrimental impacts on an individual that can last well into adulthood. For these reasons, along with many others, it is important to talk about bullying in order to aid in its prevention.
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