In this second article on a five-part series about bullying, you will learn what to do if your teen is being bullied. According to Bullying at School: What We Know and What We Can Do (1993), there are three different types of targets:
When teens are bullied, they may not want to admit it to adults. Bullystatistics.org reports the following warning signs of being targeted by a bully:
Being the target of bullying is a serious issue. It should not be treated as a “normal” part of growing up. It can have serious long-term health consequences. Bullying may contribute to depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), or even suicide. The term bullycide is sometimes used to describe suicide that is caused by bullying.
If your teen is targeted by bullies, then the first step is to help to create a safe place for your teen. Each situation is different, so creating a safe place will require different things for different people. It may require the involvement of teachers, counselors, or even police. If your teen has been the target of bullies, then consider counseling. Help your teen to recognize that they do not “deserve” to be bullied.