StopBullying.gov, everything you need to know about bullying and how to stop it

(WKEF/WRGT) - Bullying is defined as unwanted, aggressive behavior by school-aged children involved a real or perceived power imbalance. According to information released on stopbullying.gov, a website run by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, to be considered bullying, the treatment has to repeatedly happen.

It doesn't matter who you are, bullying can affect you in mentally and physically. According to experts, kids who are bullied are more likely to be depressed, miss, skip or drop out of school and in some cases, exhibit violent tendencies.

Children who are the bullies are more likely to abuse alcohol, experts say. They also are said to be more likely to be convicted of criminal activities and be abusive.

While researchers say children who are bullied are at risk of suicide, they say bullying isn't the sole cause. Researchers say problems at home, history of trauma and depression.

The question many people ask: why don't bullying victims speak up? According to statistics from 2012, victims told adults in less than half of bullying cases. Experts say kids keep quiet because they're worried about backlash from their bully. They also say many kids who are bullied feel socially isolated, so they can feel like if they speak up, no one will care or understand.

Here are the warning signs to look for in children who are being bullied:

  • Unexplained injuries
  • Lost or destroyed clothing
  • Frequent headaches, stomach aches, feeling sick or faking illness
  • Changing in eating habits
  • Difficulty sleeping or frequent nightmares
  • Slipping grades
  • Losing friends
  • Low self esteem or feelings of helplessness
  • Self-destructive behaviors

Here are signs to look for if you think your child may be a bully.

How can we put a stop to bullying? There are several tactics kids and adults can try to stop the behavior from happening again. One of the suggested methods is to address bullying when you see it, by responding quickly and consistently, experts say it can help stop bullying over time. Experts also say you should offer support to all kids involved in the incident, whether it's the victim of bullying or the bully.

Children who are bullied these days have trouble getting away from their attackers, because the harassment can continue even when they're not at school. Kids are now falling victim to cyberbullying via social media and text messages. According to the National Center for Education Statistics and Bureau of Justice Statistics, 7% of students grades 6-12 are victims of cyberbullying.

If you or someone you know is dealing with bullying, there are people standing by to help. Get in touch with them now if you or someone you know need their services.



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