Monday, July 09, 2012
Bullying can occur at camp
If your kid has been dealing with bullying issues at school, sending him or her to camp might not be the solution.
Bullies can arise anywhere, according to Jennifer Caudle, DO, of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of the New Jersey School of Osteopathic Medicine.
Even cyberbullies can reach kids in the woods, thanks to all the electronics.
According to the CDC, one in five HS kids had been bullied on school grounds, with slightly less—16%--being tortured from cyberspace. Females twice as often as males.
Talk to your child about this—ask them if they have experienced this.
The two rules are treat everyone with respect and report bullying activity to an adult.
Kids have no way to put this in perspective from their young vantage point—in other words, they can’t see that the bully will eventually become a miserable loudmouth manager or isolated hedge fund guy—so young kids can actually end their own lives over their misery at being lied about or teased.
End their lives. Dead. So talk about this with your kids.
I once wrote an article on this for WebMD—and my own child remarked, “Oh, yes, I have gone through this.” I never knew.