According to the CDC, bullying is one of the most common discipline problems in public schools. Many times, people don’t do anything when they see it happening. This can create a vicious cycle.
National Children’s Advocacy Center Community Awareness and Prevention Director, Pam Clasgens, said, “Sometimes kids who are being bullied become the bullies themselves. The reverse is also true. Sometimes children who are bullying in turn set themselves up to become a victim of another bully later.”
Bullying can have negative impacts on students from missing school to becoming depressed. There are signs parents can look for to tell if their child is being bullied.
“They’re withdrawn, they aren’t interested in activities they used to be interested in, maybe their eating habits have changed, they’re not sleeping well,” said Clasgens.
If you’re being bullied, you can call the Stop Bullying Now Hotline at 1-800-273-8255.
You can also call the National Eating Disorders Association at 1-800-931-2237 or the LGBTQ+ Helpline (The Trevor Project) at 1-866-488-7386.