Bullying has become an urgent problem that we need to address. It has become so prevalent that statistics show suicide rates among teens are at an all-time high, and cyberbullying is a direct cause in many instances.
The dictionary defines a bully as "A person who habitually seeks to harm or intimidate those whom they perceive as vulnerable." There are many different ways a bully will try to harm or intimidate another person. They will use physical, verbal, or social tactics to make themselves seem superior to their victims.
I have personally experienced bullying myself. I started gaining weight when I was 10 years old and was the target of daily teasing, name-calling, and social embarrassment. I ended up hating going to school and developed low self-esteem and social anxiety.
“The people who are bullying you, they are insecure about who they are, and that's why they are bullying you. It never has to do with the person they are bullying. They desperately want to be loved and accepted, and they go out of their way to make people feel unaccepted so that they are not alone ” Madelaine Petsch
There are six main types of bullying. They are verbal, physical, prejudicial, relational, sexual, and cyberbullying. We will discuss these types of bullying, and also the types of bullies your child may encounter.
Experts on bullying agree that bullies intend to harm their targets. Most of the time bullying happens more than once and is normally repeated over a length of time.
Nowadays, cyberbullying has become a severe problem. Children are using computers, cell phones, or other devices to embarrass, humiliate, torment, threaten, or harass another. No matter whether it happens once or numerous times, it can damage a young person's feelings, self-esteem, reputation, and mental health.
The problem with cyber-bullying is that harassing messages and pictures can be distributed quickly to a very wide audience and extremely difficult to delete once they are online.
The website BullyingStatistics.org provides a wealth of information for you to research.
Another great source for help and advise about Bullying is Stopbullying.gov
Even though cyber-bullying can begin as early as age 8, the majority of it takes place in the teenage years. Nowadays, children have access to cell phones and electronics at a very young age. It is of utmost importance that they remain safe from predators and unwanted intrusions of violence.
One of the ways you can keep your child safe is to have parental control software installed on their phone.
Another way to keep your child safe is to provide them with a panic alarm. They come in many different styles and have a lot of various features. Click here to see my top picks.