1.12 The Tale of the Kindergarten Bully


Bullying Starts So Young: What Can We Do As Parents?

In our most recent episode of Whose Kid is That?!? Val shared the story of her 5-year-old, Kindergartener being bullied on the bus. A girl from his class was physically laying hands on him and calling him a “butthole.”

Julie and Val were both surprised to see bullying beginning at such a young age and discussed the topic a bit.

Bullying Statistics

(All stats from the National Bullying Prevention Center)

  • One out of every five (20.2%) students report being bullied.
  • A slightly higher portion of female than of male students report being bullied at school (24% vs. 17%).
  • Bullied students reported that bullying occurred in the following places: the hallway or stairwell at school (43%), inside the classroom (42%), in the cafeteria (27%), outside on school grounds (22%), online or by text (15%), in the bathroom or locker room (12%), and on the school bus (8%).
  • 46% of bullied students report notifying an adult at school about the incident.
  • The reasons for being bullied reported most often by students include physical appearance, race/ethnicity, gender, disability, religion, and sexual orientation.

Anti-Bullying Resources

  • Stop Bullying: This is the official anti-bullying site of the U.S. Government. They offer resources for teachers and parents to help prevent and stop bullying.
  • The Bully Project: The Bully Project is a film and activism site with tools for educators, parents, students, advocates, and those interested in helping those with special needs.
  • Stomp Out Bullying: Stomp Out Bullying has created a parent resource for parents who learn that their child is being bullied complete with tip sheets, cell phone guides, and help understanding bullying.

To hear the full discussion about bullying, check out the latest episode of Whose Kid is That?!? with Julie and Val. You can listen on Apple or Spotify. Don’t forget to subscribe so you know exactly when each new episode is released!


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