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7 Ways to Curb Kids' Exposure to Violence

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Address All Sides of Bullying

A U.S. Justice Department report on children's exposure to violence found that more than one in five children say they have been physically bullied, and more than three in 10 children say they have been teased or emotionally bullied. Boys are more likely than girls to be physically bullied or threatened, but girls are more likely to be cyberbullied, the report says.

Children who are bullied may be at higher risk for depression and suicidal thoughts, and those who witness it may feel fear and insecurity about going to school. In rare cases, bullying can lead to the victim making bomb or shooting threats against their school. Children who bully others may be more likely to get into frequent fights, and carry a weapon.

Encourage your child to pledge to take action against bullying. Familiarize yourself with the signs of bullying and the new social media apps kids are using for cyberbullying. If your child is bullied, seek mental health support for him and work with his school to address the incident immediately. If possible, encourage your child's school to have remediation support or counseling (not only punishment guidelines) for children who bully, which can help address the causes of their behavior and risk for recurrence.

Next: Remove Kids from Violence at Home


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