Whether in the school yard or online, more and more young people face bullying or cyber bullying and need the support of physicians who care for them. A new report now available on the ISMA website can help you identify patients at risk and determine whether they are victims or perpetrators of bullying or cyber bullying.
Suicide rates for cyber bullying victims and perpetrators are higher than those of students not involved in the activity, the report points out. For that reason, experts say support of a young victim by a physician may be life saving.
The report resulted from the ISMA House of Delegates adoption of Resolution 10-21 Reducing Bullying through Education Partnerships, introduced last September by Mary McAteer, M.D., Indianapolis, and Stacy Wenk, D.O., Evansville.
Studies cited in the report indicate that from 13 to 43 percent of students say they have experienced cyber bullying. While traditional bullying and cyber bullying are distinct phenomena, the two sometimes overlap. Within a group of 3,700 youths in grades 6 to 8, nearly one-quarter experienced both bullying and cyber bullying.
Information on traits that make young people susceptible to bullying is provided on the ISMA website along with questions you can ask patients and their parents to broach the subject. Read the report on the ISMA website.