Bullying has been around for generations. It is so prevalent that the actions of students being rude to one another are portrayed in movies to this day, yet what isn’t seen is realistic conflict resolution. Wearing a pretty dress to the prom is nice, but life isn’t a movie, so fixing all of your problems comes much harder than that. Over 3.2 million students each year fall victim to bullying (Whyinc, N.D.), and such a high number means the probability of you or your child experiencing bullying is also high, which is why it is important to teach them how to properly go about resolving such an issue. Of American students, 17% report being bullied two to three times a month, and by age 14, only 40% of girls and 30% of boys will talk to their peers about bullying (Whyinc, N.D.). This lack of willingness to talk about their experiences with bullying is what makes their ability to solve such issues on their own that much more important since if they will not be seeking outside help, they need to know how to handle conflict themselves.
Society tends to not like people who are different despite those differences making us who we are, which is why some are more susceptible to this kind of behavior from those around them. Students with life challenges such as ADHD, Asperger’s, Autism, Learning Differences, etc., are two to three times more likely to experience bullying when compared to their peers who do not experience such life challenges. This can make education harder for them, and due to the nature of some life challenges, understanding the steps to get to a resolution can come harder for them as well. Understanding social cues, what behaviors are and are not acceptable when facing a bully, and how to properly manage their emotions when and after getting bullied is crucial to the resolution process, and the Support for Students Growth Center can make the process of learning these skills so much easier, for all students.
For those in school, bullying is almost inevitable. Whether it happens to them or their friends, the ability to step in is going to be needed at one point or another. Learning what to say to a bully, parent, or teacher in a way that isn’t overstepping, it is important to the resolution process. Understanding how their bullying makes you or others feel, being put in scenarios to experience bullying and resolution in a safe environment and providing a space to report bullying are all ways the Support for Students Growth Center can help you or your child understand how to properly handle what can sometimes be overwhelming to face on your own. Allowing your child to learn how to resolve bullying with a program like ours can reduce the level of stress, anxiety, and other mental health issues that come with an already stressful environment such as school. Don’t let the problem become too large before getting help. Trust the Support for Students Growth Center to help.
Dr. Eric J. Nach, Ph.D., M.Ed., A.S.D.C., is a Developmental and Behavioral Specialist who specializes in Autism, ADHD and related disorders. Dr. Nach is the founder of the College Life Skills Program where he and his team of professional’s help develop the Emotional Maturity, Executive Functioning, Life Skill and Social Abilities of college students and those high school students preparing for college. The CollegeLSP is a subsidiary program of the Support For Students Growth Center, located in Boca Raton, FL and providing services nationwide.
Bullying of students with disabilities. Students with Disabilities – National Bullying Prevention Center. (n.d.). Retrieved February 6, 2022, from https://www.pacer.org/bullying/info/students-with-disabilities/
Bullying facts & statistics. WHY Incorporated LLC. (n.d.). Retrieved February 6, 2022, from https://www.whyinc.org/bullying-facts-statistics