Bullying: The repeated exposure of an individual to negative attention by one or more other individuals. Bullying is often physical, but victims can also experience verbal or social bullying
Bullying has become a very serious issue in not only schools but even in the workplace. I've recently started to worry about bullying since Alex will be going into grade 1 and will now be going out for recess with the rest of the school. Although in kindergarten Alex was very popular and a great leader, I fear because he's very outspoken and tends to gravitate toward older children that he might get picked on.
Bullying can affect a child's self esteem and scar them for life. Talking to your child about bullying and how to get help can prevent a serious problem.
Statistics on Bullying
• Experts estimate 1 in 5 children in an average classroom experience some form of bullying
• An estimated 30% of teenagers in the United States are involved in bullying either as a victim or a bully
• At least 10% of children in the United States are bullied on a regular basis
• In the United States, in one day up to 160,000 children may skip school to avoid bullies
• The effects of bullying are seen in the bully as well as the victim. Of middle school boys who bullied, 60% received criminal convictions by age 24
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