Trying something a little different to see if I like it. I am wanting to get thoughts on different topics that I may or may not use in helping teach my kids (and myself) some lessons. Who knows…we may all learn a little along the way.
So, the first topic is that of bullying. It has become a major focus in our school systems even though it is as old as dirt. There is a “no tolerance” policy in the schools for bullying even though I am not really sure what that has accomplished because it is still a HUGE problem. I hear stories all the time about kids being bullied, made fun of, picked on, etc even though there is supposed to be no tolerance.
After a quick internet search, here are the 5 essential bullying stats every parent should know … according to http://urbandojo.com/2010/06/09/how-to-prevent-bullying-part-1-bullying-statistics/
1. Nearly 1 in 3 students are involved in bullying (either as the giver or receiver)
2. While school violence as a whole has declined, bullying behaviors have increased by 5% (again, even though there is a no tolerance policy…I don’t understand)
3. Kids who are obese, gay or have disabilities are up to 63% more likely to be bullied than other children
4. Boys are more likely than girls to bully others (not sure about this one…girls can be meeeeaaaaan)
5. Boys and girls get bullied in different ways.
According to www.education.com here are some signs your child may be a victim of bullying…
The pain and embarrassment of being bullied often causes victims to hide what is going on. But, there are a variety of ways to tell if your child is being bullied. Symptoms include:
- Safety concerns
- Academic issues
- Low self-esteem
- Deficits in peer relations
- Substance use
- Numerous lost belongings
- Frequent injuries or damage to clothes or property
- Spends time primarily with younger students (may indicate a problem with peers)
- Avoids recess (i.e., playground) before, during and/or after school
- Arrives to school late or just at the starting bell
- Appears to be alone most of the time at school
- Obtains an excessive or insufficient amount of sleep
- Somatic complaints (i.e., headaches, stomachaches, etc.)
From the same site, here are some signs your child may be bullying someone else…
- Children who bully tend to have1:
- Average or above average self-esteem.
- Impulsive personalities.
- Lack of empathy.
- Difficulty conforming to rules.
- Positive attitudes toward violence.
- Some bullies are quite popular, enjoying high status and esteem from their peers, and even teachers. These are called “Hidden bullies” – popular children who exhibit aggression (persistent arguing, fighting, getting in trouble).2