Help Us, Help You Prevent Bullying

Dec. 10, 2014City of Houston

HPD is asking for your help in fighting bullying among kids.

HPD Senior Police Officer Joe Sanchez says there are three types of bullying that parents should know about:  physical, emotional and cyberbullying.

Physical bullying involves someone physically assaulting a victim, whereas emotional bullying involves an individual speaking badly about someone, either by hurting feelings or tarnishing one’s reputation.  Cyberbullying occurs when a bully uses the internet or social media to engage in emotional bullying.

No BullyingSome of the signs a child is being bullied include:

  • The child doesn’t want go to school.  He or she may pretend to be sick, offer excuses such as not having done the homework, etc.
  • The child comes home unusually hungry because a bully took his/her lunch, money or the child is scared to eat where the bully is present.
  • The child is depressed

The results of bullying can be serious.  It can cause children to isolate themselves, become depressed, and give them a diminished sense of self-worth.

Parents who suspect their child is being bullied should not confront the suspected bully or the bully’s parents.  Instead, parents are encouraged to speak to a school teacher or counselor about their concerns.

For more information, go to:  http://www.houstontx.gov/police/pdfs/brochures/english/Bullying_Pamphlet.pdf

Video links to interviews with Officer Sanchez can be found at:

Signs and Forms of Bullying: http://youtu.be/FnMACIYRFck

Signs Someone May be a Bully: http://youtu.be/pGQcZwmwIXE

Spanish Language Interview: http://youtu.be/n8O9PKzbZiU