Building Relationships: Bullying In Children

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Bullying is a serious problem affecting kids of all ages. One out of four students will be bullied.  Angela Etchinson with Abound Psychological Services joins Fox 16 Good Day to discuss bullying.

  • 1 out of 4 students will be bullied
  • Those with disabilities are 2-3x more likely to be a target of bullying
  • 1 out 5 students admit to being a bully or doing some bullying
  • Those who are bullied are more likely to suffer from anxiety, depression, loneliness, low self-esteem,post-traumatic stress, suicidal thoughts, and are at a higher risk for attempted suicide

What is bullying?

Bullying can be physical, verbal, or psychological.

Involves two key components:

  • Repeated harmful acts

  • Imbalance of power

Most common types of bullying: 

  • Hitting

  • Pushing

  • Threatening

  • Intimidating

  • Malicious teasing or taunting
  • Name-calling

  • Stealing or damaging others’ property
  • Spreading rumors

  • Rejection or exclusion

What are some warning signs that my child is being bullied or bullying others?

The Bullied

  • Unexplained injuries

  • Lost or destroyed items
  • Frequent headaches or stomachaches or feeling sick

  • Sudden change in eating habits or weight

  • Difficulty sleeping or nightmares
  • Drop in grades or loss of interest in school or school avoidance

  • Loss of friends or social withdrawal or isolation
  • Decreased self-esteem or feelings of helplessness

  • Self-destructive, self-harming behaviors or talking about suicide

The Bully

  • Getting into physical or verbal fights

  • Having friends who bully
  • Repeat visits to the principal’s office or frequent detention or suspension

  • Unexplained extra money or new belongings

  • Blaming others or justifying behaviors
  • Increasing aggression or delinquent behaviors

  • Competitive in such a way that they worry about their reputation or popularity

How can we prevent bullying?

Talk with your kids about bullying. Help them understand what bullying is and how to stand up to it. There’s great information available for parents and kids on

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