Don’t Let Stigma Prevent Getting Help
Fact: One in five adults in the United States experience a mental health condition in a given year.
School Will Be Out Soon, But Bullying Persists
Social media sites do not allow users under the age of 13 on their sites, yet kids under 13 find a way onto social media. Some parents register their young children on social media just because their kids’ friends have accounts. That is simply the wrong thing to do. These sites require kids to be 13 or over because kids younger than 13 are simply not mature enough to handle what can transpire on these sites.
- Making excuses to not go to camp, sports practice or other gatherings.
- Unexplained bruises, torn clothing or missing belongings.
- Problems with sleep or appetite.
- Secretive/sullen behavior or outbursts of temper.
- Seeming upset or depressed after using the Internet or a mobile phone.
- Losing interest in using the Internet, social media, computer or a mobile phone.
- Bullying younger kids (bullied children may switch roles and become the bully).
How to counsel and intervene:
- Never tell your kid or teen to ignore bullying or to retaliate.
- Talk with them. Ask what’s going on at summer school, camp or online and how he or she is feeling.
- Don’t criticize how your son or daughter handled the bullying. Help him or her come up with safety strategies, such as telling an adult, walking away or asking friends for support.
- Teach self-respect. Confident youths are less likely to become victims.
- Encourage friendships and building social skills. Bullies tend to go after kids and teens who are alone.
- Let the summer program or camp authorities know about your safety concerns.
- Report cyberbullying. Save copies of abusive posts or texts, and notify the appropriate summer program personnel that these activities are taking place.