Let's talk about BULLYING
All kids get teased by a brother, sister, or friend at some time and it’s not harmful when done in a playful, friendly, mutual way. But when teasing becomes hurtful, unkind and constant, it can cross the line into bullying. Bullying is intentional, persistent aggression and can take on many forms.
Types of Bullying
► Verbal: Name calling, teasing
► Social: Spreading rumors, leaving people out on purpose, breaking up friendships.
► Physical: Hitting, punching, shoving, kicking.
► Cyberbullying: Using the internet, cell phones or other digital technology to harm others.
It is important to take bullying seriously and not just brush it off. It’s a BIG problem to many children. Bullies can make kids feel frightened, sick, embarrassed, hurt, lonely, not wanting to play out-side, or go to school. Bullying bothers everyone, not just the kids who are getting picked on.
There are many reasons that kids bully others. Some bullies torment others because that is the way they have been treated. They come from families or settings where people regularly get angry, shout and call names. Some TV shows promote meanness. Some bullies need a victim to feel more important or popular or in control.
Read on and learn about ways to combat Bullying in today's Spotlight on Health!
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