"I'm being bullied" - a phrase that no parent wants to hear, but the reality is that bullying has become an ever-growing concern among those working with or raising school-aged children. Up to 75% of people say that they've been affected by bullying, and most people have been involved in a bullying situation, either as a bully, a victim or a bystander.
Here at the Boys and Girls Club of Durham, our leaders keep an eye out for bullying situations and address them as soon as they arise. We have a Zero-Tolerance policy for bullying. We also run a year-round anti-bullying program where children in program learn about self-esteem, what to do when faced with a bully , how to be an "upstander", what to do if you are a bully and so much more!
Why should you care?
Many people feel that behaviours that could fall under the scope of "bullying" are harmless or just kids being kids - but research shows that bullying can have lasting negative affect on the victim and the bully
Children who are bullied are at a higher risk for:
Children who bully other children are at a higher risk for:
Loneliness and Isolation
Poor Health (headaches, stomach aches, etc.)
Absenteeism from school which can lead to academic problems
Contemplating, Attempting or Committing Suicide
|Not knowing the difference between right and wrong
Academic Problems (including school drop out)
Difficulties in their relationships with others
Being bullied by others
Start by educating yourself, know what to expect and how to react before the situation arises and help your children to do the same.