This case brought this writers mind back to the suicide of James Hubley, a 15 year old boy that committed suicide as he was being bullied not two months ago.
Bullying is not something that has just crept up upon us. This is something that has been going on since this writers youth. It is finally now getting the full attention it deserves. In today’s world, there are so many avenues in which to inflict this type of behaviour from one youth to another. There is the traditional methods of verbal, social and physical. These types go with the newest member of this group, cyber bullying.
The methods used to bully are used world wide with an estimated 200 million youths being bullied in one way or another.
In Canada, the results of bullying are harsh as on average, per year, there are 294 suicides by youth ages 10 – 24, with a considerable amount of more youths attempting it. One of the leading causes of this is bullying.
In the United States, rates have tripled in the past half century, concluding with 4000 youth suicides in 2004.
The United Kingdom has reported steady increases since 1950.
As a parent or guardian, there are signs to look for in youth that are experiencing bullying in any form. They are fairly simple to watch for:
- Panic Attacks
- Hold their anger and do not get physical back
- To walk away
- Use humour
- Develop a Buddy System
- Once again, talk about it
- Teach how to be respectful of everyone.
- Find out if their friends are bullying too.
- Stop the signs of aggression
- Emphasize this is a problem and not accepted
More importantly than anything this writer has read, do not think your child cannot be the bully. They can be and if it is ignored it will get worse. Also, understand that bullying is not a behaviour a child is born with. This is a learned behaviour. What you have to find or figure out is where it is coming from. This could be the difference of life and death for our future leaders.