Every seven minutes a child is bullied. According to the New York Senate and Buckfire Law, New York is one of the worst five states when it comes to bullying. Here are resources for parents to look though to educate themselves on this important subject. Awareness is key to preventing bullying.
The US Department of Health and Human Services’ National Bullying Prevention Campaign “Take a Stand. Lend a Hand. Stop Bullying Now!” defines bullying as “aggressive behavior that is intentional and involves an imbalance of power or strength.” Usually, it is repeated over time. There are many types of bullying including: physical, verbal, indirect, and cyberbullying.
According to Avatar Counseling Innovations, a family and child counseling center, there are several things that parents should look for if they suspect their child or adolescent is being bullied.
1. Sudden changes in attitude towards school or school avoidance.
2. Changes in disposition or behavior while at home.
3. Significant drop in grades.
4. Unexplained cuts and bruises and other injuries.
5. Changes in social patterns, activities and friends.
6. Shows signs of depression.
Important statistics on bullying:
[Source: Buckfire and Buckfire.com]
Resources for Bullying
BiasHELP, Inc. is dedicated to preventing and addressing discrimination, harassment, violence, and bullying. For victims of discrimination, bullying, technobullying/cyberbullying or a hate crime, call its hotline toll-free for immediate assistance at 1-877-END-BIAS (363-2427). The Center will help victims understand their rights, explore their options and come up with a game plan that works for them.
Where: 60 Adams Avenue Suite 102, Hauppauge, NY 11788
Contact info: 631-479-6015
CAPS Bully Prevention Center
The CAPS Bully Prevention Center was created as a support and resource for parents. CAPS helps children, parents, teachers and the community to work together. The objective is to keep children safe from harm.
Where: PO Box 176 Roslyn, NY 11576-0176
Contact info: 516-621-0552
Jamie Issacs Foundation
The goal of the Jamie Issacs Foundation is to help children and families. The foundation strives to teach methods to overcome the devastating effects that bullying can have on kids and the entire family.
Where: PO Box 134 Lake Grove, NY 11755
Contact info: 888-936-6285
Olweus Bullying Prevention Program
The Olweus Bullying Prevention Program is a program designed to improve peer relations and make schools safer. Its goal is to create positive places for students to learn and develop. The program states that its main goals of the program include reducing existing bullying problems, preventing the development of new bullying problems, and achieving better peer relations at school.
Where: National program implemented in local schools
Contact Info: 800-328-9000, Ext. 4814
Response of Suffolk County, Inc.
The response of Suffolk County crisis intervention hotline is open every day. There are professionally trained and supervised volunteers on staff to offer callers telephone support and help explore options. The volunteers do not offer therapy or advise. Volunteers are able to provide referrals for support groups, clinicians, mental health clinics, other hotlines and community programs, and services.
Where: PO Box 300 Stonybrook, NY 11790
Contact info: 631- 751-7500
By Tara Arichabala