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Bullying's Scars May Last a Lifetime, Experts Say
Date:6/20/2011

ve violently struck back at their tormentors; in some cases targeting innocent bystanders."

Bullying differs from typical childhood teasing mainly because it is relentless, Strayhorn explained. Unlike more normal behavior among children, bullying can also include:

  • Physical violence
  • Coercion
  • Name-calling
  • Social ostracism
  • Social isolation
  • Verbal or written threats
  • Murder or sexual assaults, which have occurred in extreme cases of bullying

Strayhorn advised parents who suspect their child is being bullied to take the following steps:

  • Reassure bullying victims that they are not alone or at fault. Tell them that no one deserves to be bullied for any reason.
  • If the bullying is occurring at school, meet with the appropriate school official and demand intervention to diffuse the situation.
  • If the bullying is occurring outside of the school, tell children to seek safety in numbers and remain with friends or adults in the environment where bullying takes place.
  • If the bullying has taken place over a length of time, consult a child or adolescent mental health professional to help your child develop coping strategies to deal with the situation.
  • In extreme cases, contact the appropriate legal authorities.

More information

The American Academy of Pediatrics provides more information on bullying.

-- Mary Elizabeth Dallas

SOURCE: Loyola University Health System, news release, June 14, 2011


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