Bullying - Fact Sheet-2
From "Kansas Kids, "Leaders of the Pack"
In the United States:
Every 9 seconds a child drops out of school.
Every 10 seconds a child is reported abused or neglected.
Every 14 seconds a child is arrested.
Every 25 seconds a child is born to an unmarried mother.
Every 2 hours a child is killed by firearms.
Every 4 hours a child commits suicide.
Every 5 hours a child dies from abuse or neglect
Child abuse reports increased 41% since 1988.
In the state of Kansas, in 1997, the number of child-abuse cases and the rate of such cases being
reported increased approximately 20% over the previous year.
Remedies and Prevention
- Teach children that such behavior is harmful and wrong and that it is important to tell an
adult immediately if they are a victim or witness of bullying. If that doesn't get action, they
need to know alternatives.
- Train educators to recognize behavior and symptoms, understand their responsibility, and
know what to do as a victim, witness, or bully.
- Teach parents to recognize bullying, the damage it causes and what help is available for
them and their children.
- Teach business executives about the impact on business of lost time, depression, danger to
employees from disgruntled persons and the responsibility of key leaders for addressing
- Ensure that prospective parents receive adequate training before and during child-raising
- Emphasize the responsibility of all areas of society to recognize and honor values such as
respect and honesty.
- Train children and adults in communications and anger control.
- Offer practice sessions in not overreacting, which can undermine trust.
- Allow youth issues be settled, when possible, through peer mediation.
- Promote the responsibility of observers/bystanders to recognize and counteract bullying
- Make it "politically correct" to seek help for difficult circumstances.
- Educators and parents work in a cooperative partnership to help each other address the
problems of children, recognizing that each (child, educator, and parent) has a need that
requires creative and nonadversarial remedy.
- Recognize that placing "blame" may be counterproductive. Instead, focus on solutions and
moving forward toward a positive outcome.
- Recognize that the observer may also be as much the co-victim as the apparent victim.