When you were young, it was pretty normal to be picked on at school. You might be part of many generations that didn’t call that bullying but called it ‘being a kid.’
Today’s world, though, is different and we want to raise kids who are respectful. That means eliminating bullying wherever we can: on the playground, on the computer, via text or even at home.
October is National Bullying Prevention Month and we think that deserves some attention. Here is what the government says about bullying:
Bullying can affect everyone—those who are bullied, those who bully, and those who witness bullying. Bullying is linked to many negative outcomes including impacts on mental health, substance use, and suicide. It is important to talk to kids to determine whether bullying—or something else—is a concern.
It’s not just the kids who are picked on that are statistically more likely to have negative reactions. Kids who bully others are more likely to:
- Abuse alcohol and other drugs in adolescence and as adults
- Get into fights, vandalize property and drop out of school
- Engage in early sexual activity
- Have criminal convictions and traffic citations as adults
- Be abusive toward their romantic partners, spouses or children as adults
Sometimes we don’t have the kid that is being bullied and we don’t have the kid that is bullying others but most of us have kids that have witnessed bullying and don’t do anything about it. Those kids have increased mental health problems, they miss or skip school and have an increased use of tobacco, alcohol or other drugs.
We don’t want it, we don’t want it, we don’t want it. Check out the government’s Stop Bullying website for details on how to respond to bullying.
One of the most helpful things for parents is to have outlets for your kid’s to vent frustration and to have a way to openly discuss problems. That, to us, sounds a lot like, FAMILY TIME. That’s never a bad thing and we hope Get My PERKS can offer you some fun things to do with your family and kids to give them room to have fun and spend quality time with you.