What is the Extent of HIB Among Youth?
32% of students, ages 12 through 18, reported being
* Research studies report HIB has significant effects on
bullied in the previous year.
those who are bullied, those who bully others and those
25% of reporting schools indicated bullying was a daily
who witness bullying.
or weekly problem.
* Most victims remain silent for fear of retaliation or
What Are the Effects?
shame, which can lead parents and school and law
While it is not uncommon for adults to view HIB as
enforcement officials to underestimate the extent of HIB.
"just part of being a kid," HIB is a serious problem that
Student witnesses often do not report incidents.
can lead to many serious and lasting negative effects
The US Department of Education's School Survey on Crime and Safety: 200910.
for victims.
Look for Signs:
Children who are being bullied might:
Come home with damaged clothing or other
Be afraid of going to school or other activities
belongings;
with peers;
Report losing items, such as books, electronics,
Lose interest in school work or begin to do
clothing, or jewelry;
poorly in school;
Have unexplained injuries;
Suddenly have fewer friends;
Complain frequently of headaches, stomachaches
Avoid certain places;
or feeling sick;
Act differently than usual;
Have trouble sleeping or have frequent bad dreams,
Often feel they are not good enough;
Have changes in eating habits;
Blame themselves for their problems;
Hurt themselves;
Appear sad, moody, angry, anxious or
Be very hungry after school from not eating their lunch;
depressed when they come home;
Run away from home;
Feel helpless;
Lose interest in visiting or talking with friends;
Talk about suicide or "giving up."
What You Can Do:
It is important to be familiar with and involved in the development of school HIB
policies and programs, and other local rules that affect students, such as codes of
student conduct and policies on school attendance and graduation requirements.
Once bullying is identified, we can take the necessary actions to stop bullying and
prevent it from occurring in the future.
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f you need assistance, and advice with bullying issues contact Bullying Coordinator;
Theodore Best, Jr. Via Phone or email @973-321-2404 / tbest@paterson.k12.nj.us.
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