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Bullying, Help Children Deal with Bullies

bullying Bullying, what is it?

Bullying is a serious problem and one which parents need be aware. Of all the things parents have to worry about - Did you ever think your child’s peers were one of them?

According to the US Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration...

“Bullying is aggressive behavior that is intentional and that involves an imbalance of power or strength; typically repeated over time.”

According to a 2001 study, 15-25% of US students report being bullied “sometimes or more often,” and 15-20% report bullying others with some frequency.

Bullying can take many forms:

  • Physical - hitting, punching, kicking, etc
  • Verbal – threats, teasing or name calling
  • Social Exclusion – nonverbal or emotional, being excluded from a group of friends, stopped from making new friends, manipulation, being the victim of vicious rumors, repeated teasing of someone who clearly exhibits signs of distress
  • Cyber – insulting or threatening electronic messages by email or instant messaging

Bullying, "A new issue?"

This issue is certainly nothing new – everyone can think back on their younger days and remember the playground or neighborhood bully of their childhood.

Such memories will certainly bring with them differing emotions depending on your viewpoint – that of being the bully, just an innocent bystander, or the victim of that bully’s wrath.

Just because it is not a new issue it should not be brushed aside as simply “just how kids are” and nothing to be worried about.

In recent years this issue has received widespread attention as people are now realizing that it is much more serious than simply a natural part of growing up.

As any victim will attest to, bullying, of any form, can have severe and lasting effects.

Bullying related topics

Why are some kids bullies?

What are some signs your child may be a bully?

What are the signs your child is being bullied?

What are the effects of bullying?

How we as parents can intervene.

Bullying Resources

Anger Management Resource: Help for children, parents and school officials in dealing with bullying and other anger management issues. Helpful information on child and teen anger management is also available. Please visit our web site for more information. How to Overcome Bullying. provides information and resources to help you overcome school and workplace bullying, mobbing and harassment. Speak Out Now! The Speak Out system is a powerful tool that gives your school or workplace a unique, innovative and affordable way to deal with bullying effectively. Visit Our Website to Learn More.

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