• By: Hank Stout
  • Published: October 2019
October is National Bullying Prevention Month

More than one out of every five students report being bullied (National Center for Educational Statistics, 2016).

October is National Bullying Prevention Month.

According to the Department of Education, bullying is defined as unwanted aggressive behavior; observed or perceived power imbalance; and repetition of behaviors.

Many children or teenagers get picked on because of their size, disability, or other factors.

What is Bullying

Bullying includes causing physical harm, verbal attacks including rumors, and property damage. We know these incidents to occur at school, with the most common area are the hallways and classroom. Other areas include the cafeteria, bathroom, outside, or even on the school bus.  

With technology at everyone’s fingertips, cyberbullying has been on the rise. Cyberbullying involves verbal attacks through electronic communication such as instant messaging, gaming, text or picture messages. This may vary from threats, spreading rumors, or destruction of electronic information. According to PACER, among high school students, 15 percent are cyberbullied and 20 percent are bullied on school property.

Is Your Child Being Bullied?

Many children feel ashamed about being bullied and become more afraid to tell an educator or their parents. The following signs may indicate your child is being bullied:

  • Your child makes up excuses to avoid going to school
  • Grades drop
  • Has torn clothes and bruises
  • Needs extra money because he/she was robbed
  • Constantly hungry after school because their lunch or lunch money was stolen
  • Loses possessions including toys, electronics, or clothes
  • Wants to be driven or walked to and from school
  • Shows fear, sadness, depression, anxiety, withdraws, or nightmares
  • Has headaches, stomach aches, bruising, or other injuries

How to Eliminate Bullying

The best way to eliminate bullying is by having honest communication with your children about their friends and experiences. In addition, to having good relationships with educators.

Sutliff & Stout has compiled a list of resources for parents and educators to assist in the efforts to combat all forms of bullying.  It is important that our children have the ability to learn and grow up in safe environments.

About the Author

Hank Stout is a founding partner at Sutliff & Stout, Injury & Accident Law Firm. Hank earned his doctor of jurisprudence from South Texas College of Law and has been actively trying personal injury cases for over ten years. He was recognized by Thompson Reuters as a Rising Star from 2012-2014 and has been recognized as a Super Lawyer since 2014 (a distinction given to less than 1% of the lawyers in the state of Texas). He has earned a Superb rating by Avvo, and is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. To learn more, read Hank's full bio here.

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