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.
- 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