The #1 tip for dealing with bullying or a bully is “Get your child’s input.”

A recent study reported in the Boston Globe indicates that child abuse is a contributing cause to bullying.

Bullies who have been identified by age 8 are 6 times more likely than others to be convicted of a crime by the time they reach 24. They are 5 times more likely to end up with a serious criminal record by age 30.

There are over 1.5 million men and women in prison in the US.

14% of men and 36% of women in prison were abused children. Some cities like Baltimore 84% of the prison population were abused children.

Over 60% of people in drug rehabilitation centers report being abused or neglected as a child.

About 30% of abused and neglected children will later abuse their own children, continuing the horrible cycle of abuse.

Average cost of prison inmate is $24,000 a year. In California, it is as high as $48,000. per person per year. College education averages at $7463 per student.

One common factor that may contribute to bullying and violence, is a lack of knowledge about positive ways to deal with the problem.


Boston Globe
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