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Bullying Caused by your Child

Medically reviewed by Last updated on May 6, 2024.

What is bullying?

Bullying is a pattern of abuse designed to harm or control another person. Verbal bullying means name calling or other words used to hurt the person, or threatening to hurt him or her. Physical bullying means hitting or other physical attack. Social abuse includes anything designed to keep the person from being accepted by others. An example is starting rumors about the person. Bullying that happens through e-mail, the Internet, or text messages is called cyberbullying.

What are the signs that my child is bullying another child?

You may not know your child is bullying someone until you get a call from his or her school or from another parent. You may find e-mail or text messages, or Internet posts your child sent or created. You may also hear him or her threatening another child on the phone. Your child may tell you he or she was only joking. Do not dismiss any incident. Be firm in telling your child his or her behavior is not acceptable.

What increases the risk that my child will bully other children?

What are the warning signs of behavior problems that may lead to bullying?

What can I do to help change my child's behavior?

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