While bullying has always been a problem among children and teens, with the internet and social media, bullying affects more and more youth every day, making it difficult for some to escape. Whether a teen has been a victim or a perpetrator of bullying, Family Bootcamp strives to assist all teens to develop skills to eliminate bullying from their lives. Bullying is a common experience for many children and adolescents. Surveys indicate that as many as half of all children are bullied at some time during their school years, and at least 10% are bullied on a regular basis.
Bullying behavior can be physical or verbal and happens increasingly more and more on the internet on Facebook in on-line chat rooms in texts and emails. Boys tend to use physical intimidation or threats, regardless of the gender of their victims. Bullying by girls is more often verbal, usually with another girl as the target. Recent news stories have included several tragic stories of teens bullied through social media and so terribly humiliated by this, that they committed suicide.
Teens who are bullied experience real suffering that can interfere with their social and emotional development and as described, some teens even attempt or commit suicide rather than continue to endure such harassment and punishment. Teens who bully typically are motivated by controlling or dominating others. Some perpetrators have been past victims of physical abuse or bullying themselves. Other perpetrators may be depressed, angry or struggling with their home and personal lives. The Family Bootcamp experience helps perpetrators to identify and resolve the issues leading to their bullying behaviors.
Teens targeted by bullies typically fit a specific profile as well. Bullies often choose those who are passive, easily intimidated, or have few friends. Victims may also be smaller or younger, and have a harder time defending themselves. The Family Bootcamp experience assists victims of bullying to learning assertiveness skills through developing their confidence and self-esteem.
Don’t allow bullying to become a factor that prevents your child from achieving his/her potential and interferes with their academic, social and emotional development. Family Bootcamp is a great place for addressing bullying issues that your teen may be experiencing.