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Bullying toward 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 someone is calling your child names, using words to hurt him or her, or threatening to hurt him or her. Physical bullying means someone is hitting or physically attacking your child. Social abuse includes anything designed to keep your child from being accepted by others. An example is starting rumors about your child. Bullying that happens through e-mail, the Internet, or text messages is called cyberbullying.

What increases my child's risk for being bullied?

Anyone can be the target of bullying. Some children who bully target children who are smaller. Your child may be quiet or not have a large amount of friends. He or she may still be bullied even if he or she is tall and friendly.

What are the signs my child is being bullied?

What are the risks of being bullied?

Your child may develop poor self-esteem. He or she may become depressed or drop out of school. Bullying can increase your child's risk for developing a drug or alcohol addiction. He or she may have posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or an anxiety disorder. Bullying can lead to thoughts of suicide.

What can I do to help support my child?

Help him or her understand that the bullying is not his or her fault. Your child may think he or she did something to deserve being bullied, but bullying is never okay.

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