Child and adolescent psychiatrist Dr. Sumru Bilge-Johnson has seen first-hand the effects of cyberbullying, and she has a message for parents: “Get involved. You really need to know what your kids are doing online.” Dr. Bilge-Johnson found that bullying contributed to clinical depression, suicidal thoughts and suicide attempts in teenage patients at Akron Children’s Hospital. […]
As difficult as it is to learn that your child is the bully, it’s important to deal with the situation right away. Whether the bullying is physical or verbal, without intervention it can lead to more aggressive antisocial behavior, serious emotional problems and legal difficulties. It also can interfere with your child’s academic success and ability […]
Nervousness about class assignments, learning new material and upcoming tests is normal. But for some children, school can be the source of stress, which can lead to such intense anxiety that some children insist on not going.
School-related anxiety affects 2 to 5 percent of children and teens, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America. It’s most common between ages 5 and 6, 10 and 11 and transition times, such as entering middle and high school.
Recent news reports of bullying in the NFL show that the problem goes well beyond playground taunts or ridiculing a classmate on social media. While some NFL players argue that picking on rookies is a normal part of the team-building process, others think it’s gone too far.
Juggling homework, chores, extra-curricular activities and the seemingly-constant need for peer approval provide children with enough challenges – without the added pressure of false rumors and intentional elbows from the class bully.