October marks the 10th anniversary of National Bullying Prevention Month.
Bullying often begins in elementary school, peaks in middle school and then declines in high school. According to cyberbullying research from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, over 85 percent of students claimed to have been bullied at school, online or via text. Yet, only 25 percent of students tell an adult when they are victims of bullying.
StompOutBullying.org identifies bully behavior as something repeated, intentional and continual between someone exerting power to cause physical and/or emotional harm to the same person, rather than isolated incidents of conflict between peers and friends. Recent research has correlated bullying in youth with psychological problems in college.
What are the silent signs of your child is being bullied?
- Damaged or missing pieces of clothing, belongings or books.
- Uneaten lunches or snacks.
- Child complains of physical pain, not wanting to go to school (headaches, stomachaches).
- Sudden bullying of a younger sibling, usually out of frustration of being bullied at school.
Additionally, YouTube creator and anti-bullying advocate Anna Akana partnered with The Groundlings comedy troupe to lead a workshop for adolescent victims of bullying. Over three days, Anna and The Groundlings provided the teens with tools for how to use humor to face their fears and turn their experiences into their own comedic material. The video seeks to help students cope through comedy and is part of the Canon Rebel With A Cause campaign and can be viewed here.
Jill Simonian is a Parenting Lifestyle Contributor, appearing on CBS Los Angeles every Wednesday on News at 5pm and Friday mornings at 6:45am. Her personal blog is TheFabMom.com. Follow Jill on Twitter @jillsimonian and connect with her on Facebook.