Friday, October 31, 2014

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. Dr. Edward Hill takes a closer look at bullying in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

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 childs 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 childs behavior such as angry outbursts, fighting or teasing other children. If you see any of these signs, talk to your doctor or your childs school counselor.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.