Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Bullying is a common experience for many children and adolescents. Surveys indicate that as many as half of all children are bullied at some time during their school years, and at least 10 percent are bullied on a regular basis. Dr. Edward Hill takes a closer look at bullies in todayís 60 Second Housecall.
A bully is someone who does or says mean things to get power over another person. Bullying is not just hitting, shoving or kicking.
Bullying can happen to anyone. Some bullies pick on people who seem different, whether it is the color of their skin, the way they talk or dress or their size.
Some children who are bullied try to avoid certain things, people or places. They might stay home from school often or have trouble doing their schoolwork. They might not have many friends.
If the bullying happens at school, tell the child to get help from a teacher, a principal or other adult. Try to get involved at your childís school, and see if there are programs there to help stop bullying.
Do not let your child get away with bullying. Look for warning signs in your childís behavior such as angry outbursts, fighting or teasing other children. If you see any of these signs, talk to your doctor or your childís school counselor.
For North Mississippi Medical Center, Iím Dr. Edward Hill.