Children’s Bullying Crisis Presenting to Medical Clinics
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Bullying effects on children is becoming a major cause of suicide, depression, low self esteem, school drop outs, school absenteeism, stomachaches, headaches, loss of appetite, anxiety, isolation, and drug abuse. The Canadian Institute for Health Information reports that the rate of child and youth emergency department (ED) visits for mental health complaints increased by 50% between 2007 and 2015.
Bullying is wrong! It is a behaviour that makes the person being bullied feel afraid or uncomfortable. There are many ways that young people bully each other, even if they don't realize it at the time. Some of these include:
Punching, shoving and other acts that hurt people physically,
Spreading bad rumours about people,
Keeping certain people out of a group,
Teasing people in a mean way &
Getting certain people to "gang up" on others.
The four most common types of bullying are:
Verbal bullying - name-calling, sarcasm, teasing, spreading rumours, threatening, making negative references to one's culture, ethnicity, race, religion, gender, or sexual orientation, unwanted sexual comments.
Social Bullying - mobbing, scapegoating, excluding others from a group, humiliating others with public gestures or graffiti intended to put others down.
Physical Bullying - hitting, poking, pinching, chasing, shoving, coercing, destroying or stealing belongings, unwanted sexual touching.
Cyberbullying- Cyberbullying or cyberharassment is a form of bullying or harassment using electronic means. It has become increasingly common, especially among teenagers. Harmful bullying behavior can include posting rumors, threats, sexual remarks, a victims' personal information, or pejorative labels (i.e. hate speech) and roasting. Bullying or harassment can be identified by repeated behavior and an intent to harm. Victims may have lower self-esteem, increased suicidal ideation, and a variety of emotional responses, including being scared, frustrated, angry, and depressed. Cyberbullying may be more harmful than traditional bullying.
I’m a Parent and a Family Physician. I see these vulnerable and traumatized young people in my clinic everyday. We need Change. Let’s Act Now!!!
It’s time to roll up sleeves and fight this pandemic because young people are slowly perishing and are robbed of pleasant childhood memories because of being victimized by low self esteemed peers.
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