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HHS HealthBeat (June 20, 2012)

Witnessing bullying


A young boy is bullied by two of his classmates.
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From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, I’m Nicholas Garlow with HHS HealthBeat.

Kids who are bullied have a tendency to be looked at differently than their peers. They may be new to a school, appear differently than others, or have social barriers. They’re often perceived as weak and unable to defend themselves. When you see someone being bullied, it’s important to step in.

Ingrid Donato is the Mental Health Promotion Branch Chief at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

“Intervene right away. Once a person gets involved in stopping bullying, it will stop within 10 seconds in most cases. ”

Parents can help prevent bullying by talking about it with their kids and teaching them how to stand up to bullying.

You learn how to take action against bullying at stopbullying.gov.

Learn more at healthfinder.gov.

HHS HealthBeat is a production of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. I’m Nicholas Garlow.

Last revised: June 19, 2012