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Bullies and Cyber Bullying in High School and in Middle School

Tween and teenage bullying is a growing problem for kids. Get tips on dealing with bullies, cyber bullying, and having a bullying child in these parenting articles.

Parenting Advice on Bullying and Bullies

Teaching kids about high school bullies should come as they enter their early tweens and teens, before they encounter a bully at school or online cyber bullies. Our parenting articles help you give children the skills to prevent middle or high school bullying. Cyber bullying, unfamiliar to most parents until recently, can be very upsetting to tweens and teenagers. Learn helpful tips for kids dealing with this form of tween/teenage bullying. Though bullying in high school and middle school will always exist, these parenting tips will help your kids know how to best deal with school bullies.

Bullying, unfortunately, is nothing new. Most kids, at some point, are going to be the victim of a bully. As scary as bullying can be for teens, it’s also worrisome for you as a parent.

By: Dr. Adria O'Donnell, Clinical and Consulting Psychology, Expert Advisor at
Bullying someone else used to require being face-to-face with that individual. But not anymore. Now kids can hide behind cell phones and computers, making it easier than ever to engage in bullying behavior at any location and at any hour of the day.

There is hardly a day that goes by when we don't hear about some new incident of bullying occurring in the lives of our youth. Whether we turn on the TV, hear it from our kids own experience, or observe it ourselves...bullying is rampant.

As headlines continue to flash reports on teen bullying, teen suicides, and school shootings, parents can't help but wonder, "How can kids be so mean to each other?" It's an age old question--after all, bullying is nothing new--and there doesn't seem to be an answer, but there are ways parents can help prevent it. The ability to protect themselves against bullies and bullying in school is quickly becoming a must-know skill set for all teens. Here are a few tips you can talk to your teens about to help them deal with bullies.

Most kids will engage in some form of bullying behavior when they are very young, but, effective positive parenting and discipline teaches most kids that bullying is never an acceptable way to behave.

No parent wants their child to suffer at the hands of a bully. However, as kids get older, they become more self-reliant and parents may feel as if their teens don't welcome their help. Just because your teen or tween doesn't respond to you in the way that she did when she was younger doesn't mean that she doesn't still need your support to stand up against cruel behavior.

Bullying can be formally described as unwelcome and persistent criticism, exclusion, and isolation. The victim is subject to various forms of physical and/or emotional abuse. Bullies use intimidation to get what they want. It's important to talk to your child about why bullies act as they do.

By: Dr. Adria O'Donnell, Clinical and Consulting Psychology and expert advisor at
According to bullying statistics and surveys conducted by the National Institute of Health, "One out of every four kids will be abused by another youth." Also, "77% of students are bullied mentally, verbally, and physically, and 14% of those who were bullied said they experienced severe reactions to the abuse."