Guest blogger Jackie Edwards is an editor, researcher, and writer, who helped develop a useful guide for helping children deal with bullies. She is also a mother to two small children, one of whom is now in full-time education. As a result of her daughter's being bullyied at school, Jackie understands the sense of helplessness that adults can feel in trying to support their children.
Every year, over 3.2 million students are physically, verbally, or virtually bullied. Physical bullying increases throughout elementary school and peaks in middle school, while the presence of verbal bullying never diminishes. Consequently, 90% of 4th through 8th graders report being victims of bullying. It is becoming an everyday occurrence in our children’s life. But what can you do to protect your kid?