9Health Topic of the Month for September 2012:
Bullying and Children's Mental Health
Bullying. What does the word make you or your child think of? For some, it may be the kid at school who always makes fun of them. For others, it's the neighborhood child who always tries to take things from them. Sometimes it may be a whole group of kids picking on the smallest person. No matter what the situation, bullying is hurtful, it can make people feel alone and even depressed. Bullying happens everywhere and with every age group, especially school aged children. It has been a long time problem, but it is not a phase children have to go through, it is not "just messing around", and it is not something to grow out of. According to Education.com, the physical and emotional consequences of being a victim of bullying can be severe and life lasting.
Bullying can take many forms including verbal, physical, social and cyber. What these four types have in common is that they all can make another person feel hurt, afraid or uncomfortable, and can affect their mental health. The best way to deal with a bully is to report it to an adult, especially if your child feels physically threatened.
Children's Hospital Colorado provides great tips for parents about the signs of bullying and what you, as a parent, might do to help prevent problems. Dr. Natalie Abramson, pediatric psychologist at Children's talks about signs of bullying and tips for parents in this video.
Dr. Abramson also provides tips for parents in this video: Is Your Child a Bully?
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