by William Van Ornum, Ph.D. on
As part of the AMHF series on Bullying, we call your attention to the American Psychological Association (APA) new video by Dr. Norman B. Anderson, CEO of the APA. Dr. Anderson states…
The problem of bullying has received a great deal of media attention recently, and for good reason. Bullying can lead to lasting psychological problems, including lowered self-esteem, depression, anxiety and even thoughts of suicide.
So how do we define bullying? Bullying is a form of aggressive behavior in which someone intentionally and repeatedly causes another person injury or discomfort. Bullying can take the form of physical contact, words or more subtle actions, such as cyberbullying—or using the Internet, mobile phones or other digital technologies to harass.
Someone who is bullied typically has trouble defending him- or herself and does nothing to “cause” the bullying. Bullying is not a phase children have to go through. It is not “just messing around.” And it is not something to grow out of. Bullying can cause serious and lasting harm.
Recently, I participated in The White House Conference on Bullying Prevention. That event—led by President and Mrs. Obama—brought together approximately 150 students, parents, teachers, nonprofit leaders, experts, advocates, and policymakers to discuss how we can work together to make our schools and communities safe for all students. It was a great opportunity to brainstorm and share resources and solutions.
To watch this video, click here.