At Ayre Counseling, we are advocates for your children. Bullying is a chronic issue that impacts children of all ages and can cause significant emotional and physical distress. We utilize a compassionate approach for your child that will help lessen the stress, fear, anxiety that is associated with bullying.
Early intervention can significantly reduce the long-term impact of bullying on your child. Helping your child through the difficult school years can help your child improve self-esteem, self-awareness and improve their quality of life.
Our approach will help empower and equip your child to take back control of their lives. We can help your child understand their feelings and move forward with their lives.
Bullying is linked to many negative outcomes including impacts on mental health, substance use, and suicide.
The negative physical, school and mental health issues of kids who are bullied may include:
- Depression and anxiety, increased feelings of sadness and loneliness, changes in sleep and eating patterns, and loss of interest in activities they used to enjoy.
- Health complaints including increased absences from school or extra-curricular activities.
- Decreased academic achievement.
In order to be considered bullying, the behavior must be aggressive and include:
- An Imbalance of Power: Kids who bully use their power—such as physical strength, access to embarrassing information, or popularity—to control or harm others. Power imbalances can change over time and in different situations, even if they involve the same people.
- Repetition: Behaviors happen more than once or have the potential to happen more than once.
10 CAUSES OF BULLYING
- Feeling Powerless in Their Own Lives
- Someone Else is Bullying Them
- Bullies are often jealous of or frustrated with the person they are bullying
- Lack of Understanding or Empathy
- Looking for Attention
- Bullies come from dysfunctional families
- Bullies need to be in control
- Bullying behavior gets rewarded
- Bullies don’t care how others feel
- Bullies can’t regulate their emotions
The most common places where cyberbullying occurs are:
- Social Media, such as Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and Twitter
- SMS (Short Message Service) also known as Text Message sent through devices
- Instant Message (via devices, email provider services, apps, and social media messaging features)
At Ayre Counseling, our experienced staff can help you and your child put a stop to all forms of bullying.
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