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Beware Of Bullyscide: Ways To Prevent Your Child From Being Bullied or Being The Bully

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Beware Of Bullyscide: Ways To Prevent Your Child From Being Bullied or Being The Bully

Today I read about the tragic suicide death of Rachel Ehmke, a 13 year old Minnesota student who had endured bullying for several months before she hung herself in her home on 4/29/12. Just two days before Rachel’s death a forwarded text message was sent around calling her a “slut” and encouraging others to continue the forward to cause her to leave the Kasson-Mantorville School.

Enough is enough! Rachel is not the only person who has committed suicide as a result of teen bullying; as a matter of fact, the statistics on bullying and suicide are unnerving.

According to the CDC :

  • Suicide is the third leading cause of death among young people, resulting in about 4,400 deaths per year.
  • For every suicide among young people, there are at least 100 suicide attempts. Over 14 percent of high school students have considered suicide, and almost 7 percent have attempted it.
  • 10 to 14 year old girls may be at even higher risk for suicide, according to the study above .
  • According to statistics reported by ABC News, nearly 30 percent of students are either bullies or victims of bullying, and 160,000 kids stay home from school every day because of fear of bullying.

What are some things we can we do about it?

Look out for some of these signs and symptoms in your child:

  • Has a change in eating habits
  • Does not want to go to school
  • Has fewer friends
  • Mentions suicide
  • Acts out
  • Avoids certain places or playing outside alone
  • Comes home with injuries, depressed or with missing belongings.
  • Has low self-esteem

Prevent your child from becoming a bully! Look out for these signs:

  • Uncontrolled violent temper tantrums
  • Manipulative behavior, controlling others easily
  • Plays the blame game
  • Is very competitive and needs to win at all times

Although we can’t possibly know everything that is going on in our children’s lives, it is important to keep the lines of communication open with your children so that you know what is going on. Make sure to shower them with words of encouragement, love and admiration and be aware of their surroundings. As women we are responsible in setting a good example for our teens and helping to make a positive difference in their lives. Don’t be afraid to speak up and talk to someone if you notice some of these behaviors.

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