Safe Schools Week is Oct 16-22, and I want to say a word about the important topic of bullying. The CDC defines bullying as any unwanted aggressive behavior(s) by another youth or group of youths, that involves an observed or perceived power imbalance, and is repeated multiple times. It results in physical, psychological, social, or educational harm on the targeted youth.
The American pediatric association reports Bullying impacts some demographics in higher numbers.
- For instance Nearly 40% of high school students who identify as lesbian, gay, or bisexual report being bullied as compared to 22% of heterosexual high school students.
- 30% of female high school students report being bullied as opposed to 19% of males,
- And nearly 29% of White high school students experienced bullying as compared to 19% of Hispanic and 18% of African American high school students.
The American Pediatric Association has these suggestions to help victims of bullying,
- Talk to victims about what they think should be done.
- Ask-your-school-for -help
- Don't encourage the victim to fight back. Instead, suggest they walk away or get help from an adult.
- Help The student practice what-to-say-to-the- bully so he or she will be prepared the next time.
- practice being assertive and find ways to stay in groups with supportive friends so the victim not isolated.
Adults, we can make a positive difference. Let’s make sure we do.
If you suspect your child may be the victim of bullying ask him or her to tell you what's going on.
You can help by providing lots of opportunities for them to talk with you in an open and honest way.
-Jerry Strausbaugh, EdD, LPCCS, Executive Director