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Can the term bullying be overused?

We recently received the following comment on a Thriving post about bullying:

“My daughter is 7 years old.  Yesterday she was accused of bullying another girl on her soccer team by a parent who said that my daughter is the reason this girl scared to come to practice. She used an incident of the girl taking my daughter’s “pink” soccer ball and my daughter wanting it back (and arguing with her to give it back) from as my daughter being a bully. 

I know my daughter is not perfect, but this seems extreme.

Every time the girl shows up she does cartwheels, runs around and plays with her friends from school on the team. I’ve never seen anything to indicate this girl is unhappy there. Three parents have come forward, including the coach, who have said that they have never seen my daughter bully this girl or any other child on the team and that the incident was not as the parent described.  The coach suggested the parent is looking for an excuse as to why she never brought her daughter or practice or games.

I know bullying is awful, but now bullying is used for everything when it is also not the case. It seems to me that as much as there is horrible bullying, people also use it against others when it is not true. This person is hurting my daughter. How do I handle this?”

This stuck me as a very valid concern. To learn more I reached out to Peter Raffalli, MD, FAAP, director of Children’s Hospital Boston’s BACPAC (Bullying and Cyberbullying Prevention and Advocacy Collaborative). In the following blog post he addresses this mother’s issue.

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This week on Thrive: Feb. 15 – 19

Here’s a quick look at what Thrive was up to last week.

School life for children after cancer takes a toll. Children’s Nelson Aquino, CRNA, reflects on his life-altering experience in Haiti. There are ways to confront bullying and cyberbullying head-on. Children’s injury prevention expert offers fire safety tips for your family. Learn how to make snacking a healthy time for your child. Are infants who swim more likely to get asthma? Girls’ soccer injuries are preventable. What are parents’ legal responsibilities when it comes to sexting? Is there such a thing as Internet overload for your child’s brain?

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School life for kids post-cancer takes a toll

child doing school work

by Marybeth Morris, Ed.M.

The advancement of medical science in diagnosing and treating certain pediatric cancers such as brain tumors or leukemia has led to increased survival rates for pediatric cancer patients. Due to neurocognitive deficits and physical sequelae, many child cancer survivors face significant challenges upon their return to school and throughout their academic career.

Schools often perceive that once a child’s treatment has ended, he or she will return to “baseline” and not necessarily require continued academic and emotional supports. Parents may also be uncertain about a few things.

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Massachusetts takes action on school bullying

stockphotopro_14092QRK_two_young_girls_bKids who have fell victim to taunts and ridicule in school may finally be awarded a victory this week as Massachusetts lawmakers hold hearings on nearly a dozen bills that aim to crack down on school bullying.

Bullying, as defined by the American Psychological Association, is an aggressive behavior that’s intended to cause distress or harm, and involves an imbalance of power or strength between the aggressor and the victim.For every child who is or has been bullied, it’s stressful and distracting at best, and frightening, damaging to self-esteem and  physically dangerous at worst.

If you know a child that is being bullied, offer them these tips:

  1. Act brave. Hold your head up and walk by as if you are not afraid of the bully. Bullies often pick on kids they think are weak because they seem like easier targets.
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