Bullying is a common experience for many children and adolescents. Surveys indicate that as many as half of all children are bullied at some time during their school years, and at least 10% are bullied on a regular basis.
Bullying behavior can be physical or verbal. Boys tend to use physical intimidation or threats, regardless of the gender of their victims. Bullying by girls is more often verbal, usually with another girl as the target. Recently, bullying has even been reported in online chat rooms and through e-mail.
Children who are bullied experience real suffering that can interfere with their social and emotional development, as well as their school performance. Some victims of bullying have even attempted suicide rather than continue to endure such harassment and punishment.
Children and adolescents who bully thrive on controlling or dominating others. They have often been the victims of physical abuse or bullying themselves. Bullies may also be depressed, angry or upset about events at school or at home. Children targeted by bullies also tend to fit a particular profile. Bullies often choose children who are passive, easily intimidated, or have few friends. Victims may also be smaller or younger, and have a harder time defending themselves.
Bullying Facts and Statistics (From the National Youth Violence Prevention Center)
- Almost 30% of youth in the United States (or over 5.7 million) are estimated to be involved in bullying as either a bully, a target of bullying, or both.
- While many people believe that bullies act tough in order to hide feelings of insecurity and self-loathing, in fact, bullies tend to be confident, with high self-esteem. They are generally physically aggressive, with pro-violence attitudes, and are typically hot-tempered, easily angered, and impulsive, with a low tolerance for frustration. Bullies have a strong need to dominate others and usually have little empathy for their targets. Male bullies are often physically bigger and stronger than their peers.
- Children and youth who are bullied are typically anxious, insecure, and cautious and suffer from low self-esteem, rarely defending themselves or retaliating when confronted by students who bully them. They are often socially isolated and lack social skills. One study found that the most frequent reason cited by youth for persons being bullied is that they "didn't fit in. Males who are bullied tend to be physically weaker than their peers.
The Premier KIDZ Foundation’s Bully Proof program is a non-violent, confident building, exciting seminar that provides bully education to children and teens. Students will learn to identify the different types of bullying, why bullies pick on other kids, safe people and safe places, who to tell about bullying, and bully prevention.
The only long-term way to end bullying is by developing the character traits of responsibility, honesty, respect and poise. Children need to be responsible for what they do as well as what happens to them. Learning only how to tell on others will not lead to long-term success. In fact, you can count on the lack of self-responsibility leading to social problems. Honesty is also required so students can assess problems and learn to see the truth. Respect will not only make kids bully proof but will also eliminate them from bullying.
Students need to learn that self-respect will always come before respect for others. How can a child who is constantly being abused mentally, physically, or emotionally be expected to treat others with dignity and courtesy? Finally, children learn to move and act with poise. A child that learns to carry themselves with poise can stand up for themselves and face adversity. Premier Martial Arts does not teach children to run from our problems. We teach children to face their problems head on with confidence and a ready to persevere attitude.
Premier Bully Proof Program is divided into four important lessons. This program can be taught as a one-time seminar by briefly discussing each topic that the four lessons are designed to teach. This program can be taught as a four week course by teaching each of the four lessons in detail. Bully Proof can also be an eight or twelve week course by repeating each of the four lessons one or two times to expand on each lesson and to enhance the students learning through the power of repetition.
Children that participate in this program will receive powerful lessons that will help them become BULLY PROOF.