It is estimated that one out of every five children between the ages of 12 and 18 has experienced bullying. National Stop Bullying Day hopes to bring an end to this statistic. There are many ways you and your family can participate in this day and bring awareness to the bullying around you.
To stop bullying, members of society must first learn to recognize what it looks like. There are many forms of bullying, each harmful in its own way. Types of bullying include the following:
1. Verbal bullying - This can include teasing, name-calling, racist or homophobic comments, insults, and intimidation.
2. Physical bullying - Kicking, hitting, tripping, pinching, and any other threatening physical contact fall under this category.
3. Social bullying - This can happen behind the victim's back and includes lying, spreading rumors, mimicking, and shunning.
4. Cyberbullying - Manifested through texts, emails, or social media posts, cyberbullying is intentional harm inflicted through electronic devices.
It is important to realize that bullying is not "just playing rough" and that it should not be accepted as normal childhood behavior. The victims of bullying can suffer negative consequences. Children frequently carry some of these consequences into adulthood, such as:
Depression and anxiety
Difficulty maintaining relationships
Poor academic or work performance
Fortunately, there are steps everyone can take to stop bullying. Regardless of neighborhood, culture, or social status, everyone can recognize the bullying that occurs around them and work for change.
First, check your local news outlets for any special observances in your community. There may be rallies or other events you and your family can attend.
Second, learn how to spot bullying and share what you learn. Talk to friends and family about it and post on social media using the hashtag #StopBullyingDay. Bring much-needed awareness to your larger community.
Third, pledge to become a victim's advocate and be an involved bystander. Commit now to intervene when you witness bullying in public. Children can pledge to tell an adult when they see bullying occur.
Self-awareness is the first step towards change. This is true of people and societies. As communities learn to recognize the many forms of bullying, it then becomes possible to stop it.
Bullying is physically, emotionally, and mentally destructive. Eliminating the behavior from schools and other public areas literally saves lives. Every child who is spared bullying has a greater chance of success as an adult.
This day encourages bravery. It allows victims and witnesses to stand up, speak up, and get the help they need.
Taking care of yourself is an important part of this day as well. This includes monitoring your own mental and physical well-being. The Pediatric Dental Group would be honored to be a part of your family's self-care plan. Our caring and committed dentists provide the latest and best in dental care.
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