Doctors to Schools: It's Your Job to Prevent Bullying

American pediatricians tell schools to step up their efforts to stop bullies

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

In July, the American Academy of Pediatrics will come out with a new statement on how to prevent childhood bullying. They suggest that schools adopt a program in which children are encouraged to reach out to victims and isolate bullies. Can schools really make bullying uncool? Dr. Robert Sege, one of the lead authors on the policy, joins The Takeaway with his big ideas.

For parents and teachers looking for advice on how to deal with bullying, head to today's New York Times to read Perri Klass's article, At Last, Facing Down Bullies (and Their Enablers).

When you're done listening to Dr. Sege, check out The Takeaway's past coverage on childhood bullying and teen psychosis.


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Comments [4]

Mark Murrell

I would disagree that the school should take all of the responsibility. What about parenting and community?

Check out this article I found. This is a unique approach to battling against bullying:

Jun. 10 2009 04:12 PM

I was a middle school student in Chicago, chased home from school by a group of girls, turned into a huge mob of kids, not exaggerating. I had my younger sister with me and was unable to protect her. Never told my parents. After all the healing work I've done on myself it still upsets me to write this, and I'm 52 years old. I still carry the guilt from not at least defending my sister.

Jun. 09 2009 02:46 PM

My older sister was bullied from elementary school on......her 4th grade teacher picked on her and the kids took this as a cue. She was picked on in junior high and then in high school. People went out of their way to pick on her. I am three years younger and the cruelty visited on my sister made a huge impact on me. I remember her crying herself to sleep every night, asking "why does everybody hate me?". It was awful.
She ended up in a physically and mentallly abusive marriage. She is in her mid 40's and still bears the scars of all of this.
Bullying is serious and has long range effects.

Jun. 09 2009 09:33 AM

Even in my late 60's I remember being chased across a ball field by 4 of my peers (all of us about 6 yrs old) because I had had my hair shaved off and needed to wear a stocking cap. I had "ringworm". Maybe that is why I do Infection Prevention and Control.
Bullies influenced my career choice?

Jun. 09 2009 07:16 AM

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