TERRE HAUTE, Ind (WTHI) - School is just around the corner, and while that is exciting for many children, it brings pressure to others that have to deal with bullies.
ONLINE EXTRA: News 10's The Bully Project
In today's healthy living, we'll explain what you should do if your child feels bullied.... before it's too late.
Rob Angus, from Harsha Behavioral Center explains, "With the new school year getting underway, it's important to talk to your kids about bullying. Bullying is the repeated and systematic abuse of a child by either another child or a group of children, pointing out their flaws or perceived flaws. And that imbalance of power can really ruin a child's school experience.
"If the parent notices that the child is withdrawing, if they seem more depressed, if they seem more anxious, they're not wanting to go to school, or anything like that, they should really have a talk with that child. There's obviously the physical violence, there's taunting, calling kids names, pushing them around. And now it's spreading rumors, it's spread to internet bullying. So there's email, there's texting, there's Facebook...all kinds of things that constitute bullying.
"And bullying is a matter of perception. If you feel that someone is taking power away from you or pushing you around, then it stands to reason that you're probably being bullied.
"Bullying is about perception, so talk to your children. Because if they feel that they are being bullied, then you need to help them find a solution. And also remember to include your child in the solution process, because you don't want to embarrass your child or make the situation worse by trying to be a good parent, but then taking the situation into your own hands without consulting with your child first. They need to be included in that decision.
"In extreme cases, kids have resulted to suicide or homicide. If you have a child in need of emergency psychiatric services, contact Harsha Behavioral Center at 812-298-88-88 for a free, no cost screening."
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