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Quick Reference Guide
Public health problem

Risk of bullying

• In a 2011 nationwide survey, 20% of high
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Not Today Quick Reference Guide


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April 2013 I was asked to perform a group facilitation of cass workers, youth practitioners and adoptive and foster care parents for Adoptive and Foster Parent Association of Georgia AFPGs 40TH Jekyll Island Regional Training Conference 2013. My goal with the Not Today session was to offer bullying skills and strategies to youth helpers to better support youth who have been bullied and those with the potential of being a bully.

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Not Today Quick Reference Guide

  1. 1. THE BULLY Quick Reference Guide Public health problem Risk of bullying • In a 2011 nationwide survey, 20% of high school students reported being bullied on school property in the 12 months A number of factors can increase the risk of a youth engaging in or experiencing bullying. Presence of these factors does not always mean that a young person will become a bully or a victim. • An estimated 16% of high school students reported in 2011 that they were bullied electronically in the 12 months • During the 2009-2010 school year, 23% of public schools reported that bullying occurred among students on a daily or weekly basis. A higher percentage of middle school students reported being bullying than high school students.4 Form of youth violence Bullying is a form of youth violence. Although definitions of bullying vary, most agree that bullying includes: 1 Some of the factors associated with a higher likelihood of engaging in bullying behavior include: • Impulsivity (poor self-control) • Harsh parenting by caregivers • Attitudes accepting of violence Some of the factors associated with a higher likelihood of victimization include: • Friendship difficulties • Poor self-esteem • Perceived by peers as different or quiet Bullying affect health • Attack or intimidation with the intention to cause fear, distress, or harm; Bullying can result in physical injury, social and emotional distress, and even death. Victimized youth are at increased • A real or perceived imbalance of power risk for depression, anxiety, sleep difficulties, and poor between the bully and the victim; and school adjustment. Youth who bully others are at increased • Repeated attacks or intimidation between the risk for substance use, academic problems, and violence same children over time. later in adolescence and adulthood. Compared to youth who only bully, or who are only victims, bully-victims suffer Bullying can include aggression that is physical (hitting, tripping), verbal (name calling, teasing), the most serious consequences and are at greater risk for both mental health and behavior problems.5 or psychological/social (spreading rumors, leaving out of group). Bullying can also occur through technology and is called electronic aggression or cyber bullying. Electronic aggression is bullying that occurs through e-mail, a chat room, instant messaging, a website, text messaging, or videos or pictures posted on websites or sent through cell phones.2 A young person can be a bully, a victim, or both (bully-victim). Learn more Centers for Disease Control and Prevention STRYVE Stop Bullying Surgeon General’s Report on Youth Violence If you attended the THE BULLY seminar, let us hear from you: EVENT SATISFACTION SURVEY  2006-2013, Kingdom Fortunes. All rights reserved. Contact Rashid Brown 404-855-0739 for training solutions . Quick Reference Guide adapted from CDC Understanding Bullying Factsheet 2012