No one likes bullying. You don’t want it to happen to any child - especially to yours. But unfortunately, 1 out of 4 children are being bullied.
What Statistic Say
Statistics say that bullying starts in the early stages of schooling. There are already around 20% Kindergarten students who reported being bullied. In elementary school the percentage increased to 33%. Although there were many school programs promoting anti -bullying campaigns, the incidents of bullying remains. Most of it happens in middle school.
Types of Bullying
Bullying comes in many forms: physical, verbal, psychological, and cyber-bullying. With the access of technology, cyber-bullying has now become one of the most common types of bullying. One can get bullied at any age but reports said that school-aged children experienced it most often.
A child can be a victim of either direct bullying which is a relatively an open attack that is physical and/or verbal in nature or indirect bullying which involves one or more forms of relational aggression. These relational aggression has many forms such as rumor-spreading, social isolation, intentional exclusion, and making faces or obscene gestures behind someone's back. Relational aggression also includes manipulating friendships or other relationships.
Effects of Bullying
As early as possible, it is important for parents, educators, and counselors to give children a strong support and guidance on bullying. The serious negative effects of bullying range from headaches, depression, anxiety to risk of suicide.
Ways to Teach Children ABout Bullying
One of the best ways to teach children about bullying is through illustrated social stories. There is a plethora of children’s books about the subject in the market today but these books are a stand-out. All these books are available at Amazon.
Top 5 books about bullying
- The Glass Full of Rumors by A.M. Marcus
- Spaghetti in a Hot Dog Bun by Maria Dismondy
- The Peaceful Lion by A. M. Marcus
- Jungle Bullies by Steven Krull
- Nobody!: A Story About Overcoming Bullying in Schools by Erin Frankel
Stories are powerful tools in engaging the smart minds in children. In capturing their interest by pictures and lively story-telling, children can grasp the message easily. The stories can teach them what bullying is, how to prevent it, how to overcome it and how to help someone who is a victim of bullying or how to stop and prevent someone from becoming one.
One of the big challenges is to combat the popular thinking that “ the ones who are ‘cool’ bully more, and the ones who bully more are seen as ‘cool’ as shown in the UCLA psychology study. Smart children can think through the situations and we need to guide them to see proper perspective about bullying. Bullying is not ‘cool’. Being smart is!