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Self-Confidence Makes the Difference

What is Bullying?

Bullying is any hurtful behavior that is intentional, repetitive, and ongoing. It can involve physical abuse, verbal abuse, threatening behavior, or social humiliation.


What is Cyber-bullying? 

Bullying has long been a social ill in our society which only fairly recently has been taken seriously. Since the Internet and mobile Web have become a part of our lives, bullies have brought bullying into these areas as well. Commonly called “cyber-bullying,” bullying by electronic communication is a serious, yet often dismissed problem. However, it is no less damaging than traditional bullying; in fact, it may be worse.

 

Bullying Statistics:
• 1 out of 4 kids is bullied.
• 1 out of 5 kids admit to being a bully, or doing some bullying.
• A daily average of 160,000 children miss school because they fear they will be bullied if they attend classes.
• On average, 282,000 students are physically attacked by a bully each month.
• Every 7 minutes, a child is bullied on a school playground, with more than 85% of those instances occurring without any intervention.

 

Cyber-Bullying Statistics:

• 95-100% of teens regularly access the Internet
• 85-90% of parents think they are knowledgeable about their children’s online lives
• 70-75% of teens say parents stop checking at about 14 years old
• 65-70% say friends sharing private pictures is a problem
• 60-65% say parents know nothing about what they do online
• 55-60% do not tell parents when they are bullied online
• 40-45% say they knowingly give out personal information online
• 30-35% have or are willing to meet “online friends” in real life

 

What can Parents do?

It is my belief that bullying will never go away. I believe the true answer to the bullying issue is to instill self-confidence in our children. It is a fact that bullies often target people they can easily intimidate. When we teach our children how to face situations with self-confidence, they are less likely to be the victim of bullying. After all, self-confidence has applications far beyond dealing with a schoolyard bully. In fact, life is full of situations that demand self-confidence:
• Job Interviews
• First Dates
• Marriage Proposals
• Meeting the In-laws
• Public Presentations
• Making Friends
• playing sports
• and much more . . .

 

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