Bullying: What it means for kids' health

Bullying paper cover

Children face a number of challenges that impact their health and well-being. At Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, one of the ways we explore these issues is by lending our clinical and pediatric expertise through our “Children’s Check-Ups” series.

Check-Up Four: Understanding the Threat of Bullying. Our fourth report explores the challenge of defining bullying; identifies risk factors associated with bullies, victims and bystanders; discusses potential responses to bullying and offers guidance to parents on how to address this issue with their own children.

You can also read our previous reports here.

bullying infographic hi resAn overview on bullying: Check out our infographic on bullying for an overview of the problem and some key statistics on how it is affecting kids and their health.


Additional resources

Abilitypath.org
Abilitypath.org is an online hub and special needs community that provides toolkits and resources for parents of special needs kids.

National Center for Learning Disabilities
This online resource for parents and educators on learning disabilities and related disorders offers several toolkits for addressing bullying.

PACER Center
The PACER Center addresses bullying through creative, relevant and interactive digital-based resources for parents, schools, teens and youth that are designed to benefit all students, including students with disabilities.

UCLA Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills (PEERS)
PEERS is a social skills training intervention for adolescents and young adults with autism spectrum disorders or ADHD, anxiety, depression and other socio-emotional problems.

Education.com
Education.com provides information about school bullying, cyberbullying, young children and bullying, bullying and prejudice, and social bullying. The site includes many education and training resources.

Awesome Upstander
Learn what makes a bully a bully and how simply standing up (aka upstanding!) is the most powerful tool a group can have!

The Bully, the Bullied, and the Bystander
Drawing on decades of work with troubled youth, a, Barbara Coloroso’s book gives parents, caregivers, educators and kids the tools to break the cycle of violence.

Sticks and Stones: Defeating the Culture of Bullying and Rediscovering the Power of Character and Empathy
Author Emily Bazelon explores different facets of bullying through the stories of three young people who found themselves in the middle of it.

Family Cell Phone Contract
A family cell phone contract developed by the Cyberbullying Research Center.

To My 13-Year-Old, An iPhone Contract From Your Mom, With Love
A mother wrote an 18-point set of terms and conditions that her son had to agree to before a new cell phone could be his.

Safe Schools Coalition
The Safe Schools Coalition is working to pass bullying prevention legislation in the state of Minnesota. On their website you can find information about the Safe & Supportive Minnesota Schools Act, why we need it, the Safe Schools for All Coalition that supports this legislation, and bullying prevention and intervention resources for students, parents, and educators

Autismspeaks.org
Autism Speaks is an autism science and advocacy organization.

A Thin Line
MTV’s campaign helps to identify, respond to, and stop the spread of digital abuse. It features help resources, personal stories, a blog and more. Partners include Facebook, MySpace, the NAACP and more.

Born This Way Foundation
In 2012, Lady Gaga launched the Born This Way Foundation (BTWF), a non-profit organization that focuses on youth empowerment and issues like self-confidence, well-being, anti-bullying, mentoring and career development.

"I Choose" Anti-Bullying Campaign
The Foundation and Coalition for Internet Safety Education and Reform created this campaign. It is powered by Yoursphere.com, a social network uniquely created by kids and teens, for kids and teens.

Mean Stinks
Mean Stinks teamed up with anti-bullying expert and best-selling author Rachel Simmons, the Girls Leadership Institute, to create tips and tools just for girls. It includes advice from Rachel, other girls, a short film, and educational presentations for teachers and students.

Speak Up
Launched by Cartoon Network in October 2010, Speak Up is a multi-platform, pro-social initiative that focuses on motivating bystanders to speak up and help prevent bullying. Its partners include HHS, Boys & Girls Clubs of America and the PACER Center, among others.

Stomp Out Bullying
Stomp Out Bullying is a national Anti-Bullying and Cyberbullying Program for Kids and Teens. It focuses on the premise that “adults can help, but the reality is that kids and teens are really the ones who can put an end to bullying and cyberbullying.”

PACER Center

The PACER Center addresses bullying through creative, relevant and interactive digital-based resources for parents, schools, teens and youth that are designed to benefit all students, including students with disabilities.

StopBullying.gov (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services)
Provides information from various government agencies on what bullying is, who is at risk, and how to can prevent and respond to bullying.

Awesome Upstander
Learn what makes a bully a bully and how simply standing up (aka upstanding!) is the most powerful tool a group can have!

Born This Way Foundation
In 2012, Lady Gaga launched the Born This Way Foundation (BTWF), a non-profit organization that focuses on youth empowerment and issues like self-confidence, well-being, anti-bullying, mentoring and career development.

A Thin Line
MTV’s campaign helps to identify, respond to, and stop the spread of digital abuse. It features help resources, personal stories, a blog and more. Partners include Facebook, MySpace, the NAACP and more.

PBS Kids “It’s My Life: Friends, Bullies”
Defines what a bully is, who it is, who is a target, how to handle it and more. It also discusses online bullying and innocent bystanders.

"I Choose" Anti-Bullying Campaign
The Foundation and Coalition for Internet Safety Education and Reform created this campaign. It is powered by Yoursphere.com, a social network uniquely created by kids and teens, for kids and teens.

Mean Stinks
Mean Stinks teamed up with anti-bullying expert and best-selling author Rachel Simmons, the Girls Leadership Institute, to create tips and tools just for girls. It includes advice from Rachel, other girls, a short film, and educational presentations for teachers and students.

Speak Up
Launched by Cartoon Network in October 2010, Speak Up is a multi-platform, pro-social initiative that focuses on motivating bystanders to speak up and help prevent bullying. Its partners include HHS, Boys & Girls Clubs of America and the PACER Center, among others.

Stomp Out Bullying
Stomp Out Bullying is a national Anti-Bullying and Cyberbullying Program for Kids and Teens. It focuses on the premise that “adults can help, but the reality is that kids and teens are really the ones who can put an end to bullying and cyberbullying.”

PACER Center

The PACER Center addresses bullying through creative, relevant and interactive digital-based resources for parents, schools, teens and youth that are designed to benefit all students, including students with disabilities.

UCLA Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills (PEERS)
PEERS is a social skills training intervention for adolescents and young adults with autism spectrum disorders or ADHD, anxiety, depression and other socio-emotional problems.

American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
The bullying resource center at the Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry includes frequently asked questions, as well as links to books, clinical resources and helplines.

HealthyChildren.org/The American Academy of Pediatrics
Provides facts about bullying, how to help children respond to it, and what to do if your child is the bully.

Minnesota Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics
Supports initiatives which promote a safe home, school, and community environments for children and teens. Its online resources discuss bullying.

Nemours Foundation
The Nemours Foundation provides families with perspective, advice, and comfort about a wide range of physical, emotional, and behavioral issues that affect children and teens. It features many articles on bullying.

Preventing and Treating Bullying and Victimization
This book looks across the sometimes disparate perspectives from school, clinical, and developmental researchers and professionals with an eye towards describing and integrating current knowledge into a guide for evidence-based practices and further research. The authors offers directions for understanding bullying and for enhancing intervention approaches.

National Center for Learning Disabilities

This online resource for parents and educators on learning disabilities and related disorders offers several toolkits for addressing bullying.

PACER Center
The PACER Center addresses bullying through creative, relevant and interactive digital-based resources for parents, schools, teens and youth that are designed to benefit all students, including students with disabilities.

Education.com
Education.com provides information about school bullying, cyberbullying, young children and bullying, bullying and prejudice, and social bullying. The site includes many education and training resources.

The Kindness Project: A Comprehensive Elementary Counseling Program
The Kindness Project is a comprehensive school counseling program wrapped in the mantle of kindness. Rather than emphasizing negative behaviors such as bullying and disrespectful attitudes/language, this project twists these common behavior problems to accentuate their antithesis: kindness. In other words, the focus is on how to act instead of how not to act.

U.S. Department of Education
With a simple search for the term “bullying,” the U.S. Department of Education provides a wide range of materials from studies to blog posts to toolkits for teachers.

Olweus Bullying Prevention Program
A series of research-based programs that address youth bullying and violence.

Children's Friendship Training
Fully integrates parents into the treatment of children's friendship problems in order to promote simplification in home and school environments. This book represents twelve years of research by the authors to develop a comprehensive social skills training program for children.

The Bully, the Bullied, and the Bystander
Drawing on decades of work with troubled youth, a, Barbara Coloroso’s book gives parents, caregivers, educators and kids the tools to break the cycle of violence.

Sticks and Stones: Defeating the Culture of Bullying and Rediscovering the Power of Character and Empathy
Author Emily Bazelon explores different facets of bullying through the stories of three young people who found themselves in the middle of it.