100.7 Star wants to help end bullying and the effects that it causes.
100.7 Star Shine A Light on Bullying program, presented by by Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC and Western Psychiatric Institute, focuses on helping children and teens in spotting and addressing bullying in their schools.
100.7 Star’s Shine A Light on Bullying is sponsored by Rohrich Automotive Group.
What is bullying and what are the effects it causes?
Bullying includes actions such as making threats, spreading rumors, attacking someone physically or verbally, and excluding someone from a group on purpose.
Kids who are bullied can experience negative physical, school, and mental health issues. Kids who are bullied are more likely to experience:
- Depression and anxiety, increased feelings of sadness and loneliness, changes in sleep and eating patterns, and loss of interest in activities they used to enjoy. These issues may persist into adulthood.
- Health complaints
- Decreased academic achievement—GPA and standardized test scores—and school participation. They are more likely to miss, skip, or drop out of school.
- A very small number of bullied children might retaliate through extremely violent measures. In 12 of 15 school shooting cases in the 1990s, the shooters had a history of being bullied.
How can a child be bullied in schools?
One of the most common methods for identifying a potential bullying problem in a school is a student survey. In 2011, the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency’s PA Youth Survey (PAYS) asked students a series of eight questions about bullying at school and internet safety.
Below are some results from that survey:
- More than one half of Pennsylvania students (50.3%) reported that other students tell lies about them or spread false rumors
- 41.7% of Pennsylvania students have been called names or teased
- 32.9% of Pennsylvania students have been left out of things on purpose
- 15.9% of Pennsylvania students have been hit, kicked, pushed, or shoved in the past year
- 19.8% of Pennsylvania students have had other students take their money or damage their things
- 12.3% of Pennsylvania students report having been sexually harassed on the internet
- 12.1% of Pennsylvania students report that other students have used “the internet or a cell phone to threaten or embarrass them”
- Male students are more likely than female students to report physical forms of bullying.