Preventing Bullying In Our Communities
When it comes to bullying, foster children may be even more at risk than others. Exposure to trauma and abuse can result in things like low self-esteem and lack of social skills. All of which draws in bullies who are looking for vulnerable targets. It’s important to educate yourself and your family to understand what to do if you suspect bullying is occuring.
What is Bullying
Bullying is the deliberate misuse of verbal, physical, or social actions with the intent to cause some form of harm. It can come from a person, or a group, misusing their perceived power. And it can happen to one person or multiple people who feel unable to stop it from happening.
The act of bullying can be incredibly harmful. But when adults respond quickly and consistently to bullying, they send the message that it is not acceptable. Research shows this can help stop bullying behavior over time.
How You Can Help
We encourage parents, school staff, and other adults in our communities to help kids prevent bullying. And Centene believes every child has the right to feel safe and supported. This National Bullying Prevention Month, talk to the children in your life about speaking up for themselves and those around them.
Click here to learn more about what you can do in your community to stop bullying.