Knight was even more alarmed to learn Jonathan had been teased repeatedly for several days and even “rednecked,” a term used by children to describe the act of hitting someone on the back of the neck.
“I was enraged that this could happen,” says Knight, a developmental behavioral pediatrician at Children’s Hospital in
When a child is bullied, parents are frustrated, angry, even frantic. They ask: why is my child the scapegoat? How can I stop the bullying?
Bullying – when one child or several repeatedly tease, taunt, threaten and physically abuse another child – occurs in every school to children of all ages. A 1993 survey of 16,000 students in grades 9-12 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in
Bullying cuts across all socio-economic classes, occurring in cities as well as suburbs, according to a 1991
Dr. Luisa Stigol, a
“Parents want to bring up children according to their values and teach children non-violence, but the violent messages from our culture and TV are so overwhelming that parents are losing control,” says Stigol.
Dan Olweus, Ph.D., a professor of psychology at the