Hearing stories of bullied teens is heartbreaking. Many young people walk into school dreading the harassment that will happen throughout the day. Teens who are bullied can experience anxiety, depression and self-hatred as a result of their torment.
While bullying is not a new problem, some school administrators are just recently becoming active participants helping end the bullying epidemic.
Bullying can look different for guys and girls. For guys, bullying tends to be more physical and comes in the form of hitting, roughing up, taunting, etc. For girls, bullying tends to be more emotional and comes in the form of gossip, manipulation, shaming, etc.
In the past several years, the topic of cyberbullying has emerged. Cyberbullying is when a teen is threatened, humiliated, and tormented via social media.
WHAT YOU CAN DO FOR YOUR TEEN
Many parents of bullied teens feel helpless, because they can’t be with their child 24/7. If you suspect your teen is being bullied, open up a line of communication with them. Ask them what they think you can do to help them. If they’re being bullied at school, you might want to set up a private meeting with a school administrator to find out what can be done to keep your teen safe.
A big way you can support your teen is helping them find safe places where bullying doesn’t occur. Make sure your home is a safe haven for them to be themselves without fear of judgment or harassment.
When it comes to cyberbullying, coach your teen to be careful in their use of social media. The more active teens are online, the more they open themselves up to cyberbullying.
HOW TREEHOUSE HELPS
At TreeHouse, teens are welcomed into a safe community, where they can finally be themselves. It is very common for TreeHouse teens to find new friends and the peer support they need to overcome bullying. We also teach teens how to improve their social skills, which helps them to function better in their school community.
I don’t have friends at school; I have friends at TreeHouse.