Would You Help a Child Being Bullied?

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Countless of children are bullied around the world. Needless to say, it has been a serious issue in our society. But how do we fix it? Well, that remains to be a million dollar question.

In fact, 160,000 students miss school for fear of being bullied, according to the Youth Ambassador for Kids Club. 43% of kids fear harassment in the bathroom at school. Playground school bullying statistics indicates that a child is bullied every 7 minutes. During these situations, 11% of intervention was initiated by peers. Adult intervention – 4%. No intervention – a whopping 85%!

Last month, a fast food joint, Burger King launched an anti-bullying campaign to send a message about the importance of speaking up against bullying. The video became viral hitting 33 million views.

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Raising public awareness through anti-bullying campaigns is great, but can it create an impact to the society? As an adult, we question ourselves, why are we allowing this to happen? As a parent, it gives you chills thinking about your child getting bullied, and people would just watch like it’s a harmless entertainment.

Due to school bullying statistics showing no signs of slowing down, students say their schools are not safe. Unfortunately, bullying doesn’t stop beyond school grounds. It could happen almost anywhere – even in the cyberspace. And what’s worse is that it can take a toll on the psychological health of affected kids: the bully, the bullied and kids who constantly witness bullying.

 

The Statistics on Bullying and Suicide

Studies by Yale University indicates that bully victims are between 2 to 9 times more likely to consider suicide than non-bully victims. Girls aged 10 to 14 may be at higher risk for suicide. So, yes folks. Bullying does more harm than merely physical and psychological pain – bullying can kill.

According to a CDC survey conducted in 2015, 17 per cent of high school teens said they had seriously considered suicide in the previous 12 months, and 2.7 per cent had actually made an attempt, which resulted in an injury.

 

“When somebody tells you that they are going to kill themselves or they’re going to do harm, do something.”

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What to Do If You See Someone Being Bullied

It may be a lot more convenient for us to just ignore or stand by and watch if a kid is being bullied. But as an adult, remember you can make a difference to the situation.

  • Do not be a by-stander. Bullies love an audience, so if you just watch, it makes them feel popular, superior and powerful.
  • Stand up for the person. Defend a person getting bullied, especially if it feels safe to do so. If you make bullying seem uncool, the bully may stop.
  • Offer support and show that you care. Ask if the bullied person is okay and offer to go with him.

The world needs to see how grave this problem is in our society. Bullying must not be ignored.

 

Resources:

NPR.org. Bullies and their victims both face a higher risk of teen suicide

girlshealth.gov. Stop bullying

 

Fran

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