Nov 10, 2019
Incidents of school violence demonstrate that bullying can have tragic consequences for individuals, families, schools and entire communities. Bullying is painful, lasting and can be related to low self-esteem, suicidal thoughts, anger, and other mental and physical health problems. Due to the increased risk of suicide associated with bullying (for victims and perpetrators alike) open dialogue and support are crucial in ensuring safety for our children.
Bullying is an aggressive behavior. It occurs when a child is targeted by one or more individuals with repeated negative actions over a period of time. These are intentional attempts to cause discomfort or injury and can include name-calling, obscene gesturing, malicious teasing, exclusion, threats, rumors, physical hitting, kicking, pushing and choking. With the growing influence of social media, cyber-bullying is also a real and growing problem today that may be experienced. Make no mistake: bullying of any kind is a form of violence that should not be tolerated.
Who are their targets?
What steps can we take to stop it?
Lindsey Best is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with 15 years of experience working with individuals, families and groups. Lindsey has worked with those living with depression, anxiety, trauma, domestic violence and relationship issues.
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