Dealing with bullying

Lowcountry Parent Magazine, October 2016

As a parent, there’s no shortage of things to worry about. Are your children eating enough? Are they getting too much screen time? Are they happy? The list could go on forever. But one common concern shared by parents of school-aged children share is bullying.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention defines bullying as a form of youth violence that includes any unwanted, aggressive behavior. Harm or distress is inflicted on the targeted youth and can come in the form of physical, psychological, social or educational harm. In 2015, one out of every four students reported being bullied during the school year. Bullied students are at increased risk for poor school adjustment, sleep difficulties, anxiety and depression. The National Education Association reports that more than 160,000 children miss school every day out of fear of being bullied. For these reasons, bullying is considered a public health problem. Read more...