Bullying can leave deep scars for life

Day after day 10-year-old Seth asked his mom for more lunch money, yet he seemed skinnier than ever and came home from school hungry.

Day after day 10-year-old Seth asked his mom for more lunch money, yet he seemed skinnier than ever and came home from school hungry.

It turned out that Seth was handing his lunch money to a fifth-grader, who was threatening to beat him up if he didn't pay.

Kayla, 13, thought things were going well at her new school since all the popular girls were being so nice to her.

But then she found out that one of them had posted mean rumours about her on a website. Kayla cried herself to sleep that night and started going to the sickbay complaining of a stomachache to avoid the girls.

Unfortunately, the kind of bullying that Seth and Kayla were subjected to is widespread. National surveys show that most young children and teenagers say it happens at their schools.

A bully can turn going to the bus stop, taking a recess or school break into a nightmare for children. Bullying can leave deep emotional scars that last a lifetime.

What is bullying?

Most children have been teased by a sibling or a friend at some point. It's usually not harmful when done in a playful, friendly way and both children find it funny.

But when teasing becomes hurtful, unkind, and constant, it crosses the line into bullying and needs to stop. - Kids Health

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