From online harassment to playground scuffles, it’s likely that the topic of bullying is a growing part of your dinner-table conversation. There’s a good reason for that.
One in five students ages 12 to 18 reported being bullied, according to the National Center for Education Statistics for 2014–15, the latest numbers available. Similarly, in its survey, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that 20 percent of those in grades nine through 12 experienced bullying, and 16 percent were victims of cyberbullying.
If, as a parent or a caregiver, you’re asking yourself how you can thwart such behavior, you’re not alone. The good news: The most effective prevention methods begin with talking as a family.
“We talk a lot about the importance of civility at school and elsewhere,” says psychiatrist Dr. John T. Walkup, the director of the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center and the vice chair for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medicine, “but the real work of preventing bullying begins at home.”