How to help an Alcoholic?

It is painful and overwhelming to see someone you love destroy their life due to an addictive behaviour. Alcoholics usually tend to deny their addiction and only realize it when its negative effects have spread into almost all areas of life. Here the role of friends and family members can be effective in encouraging them […]

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First aid for Panic Attacks

Panic attack is a condition which is episodic in nature marked by high anxiety and fear, also discomfort that develops suddenly and reaches heights within 10 minutes.   Observable symptoms: Trembling and shaking Sweating Short breaths and sensations of choking If the person reports – palpitations, chest pain or discomfort, abdominal distress or nausea, dizziness […]

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Panic Attack in Child

Did you know that a panic attack in children often manifests in the early stages of adolescence? And, it is the most common psychological problem in the western countries, usually affecting about 2-3% of the people especially the younger ones in a year. There is no specific event triggering the first panic attack in children, […]

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Alcohol Detoxification

Do you know that Delirium tremens kills one in  20 people during alcohol withdrawal? Yes, It is estimated these tremors occur in 5 percent of the people who go through the process of alcohol withdrawal. This is the time where the alcohol detoxification comes into the picture.   It is good if you have decided […]

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How To Stop Panic Attack

Dying on EMI basis?   In the spur of a moment suddenly thinking of losing control, having a heart attack or even dying. No clue of what’s happening in and around? That could be a panic attack. Yes! A panic attack is a sudden impact of intense fear that creates severe physical reactions in the […]

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Bullying: Parents, teachers, students need to act together

bullying blog image july-01Do you know India stands third in terms of the number of children and teenagers being bullied online in the category of 8-17 years age- 54% as against the global average of 72%? This is besides a large number of others who are being bullied in schools, neighborhoods, streets, etc.

Parents’ concern

Put the issue in its proper perspective, in fact, there is currently no concrete legal framework to tackle the problem of bullying. In schools, where maximum bullying takes place, mostly authorities look the other way. Bullying is one of the most disconcerting social and psychiatric issues the parents are faced with today.

Scar in mind

One of the serious dimensions of the problem is that bullying leaves behind a deep scar in the mind of the victim. It has also a long term social and psychological repercussion for the perpetrator of the crime. This in itself makes it an issue of utmost importance needing urgent attention.

What’s bullying?

Bullying can be in the form of threats, teasing, name calling, excluding, preventing someone from going where he or she intends to go or doing what they want to do. It can be in the form of pushing, hitting, and all types of physical violence.

Bullies vs Bullied

According to a study bullies are more prone to post-bullying complications like depression and anxiety. In many cases they are more likely to drop out of school or perform worse than their peers in the classroom. As per another study by the US based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

  • 5% of high school bullying victims may take recourse to suicide
  • 9% of middle school bullying victims may take recourse to self-harm
  • 4% of high school bullying victims may be physically hurt by a family member

 

 

Solution to problem!

That brings us to the most important point of how to find a solution to the problem. Experts who have successfully dealt with the problem of bullying say that the onus lies on both parents, schools and the students themselves. They say:

  • It is important that early signs of bullying are red-flagged.
  • There is a need to educate teachers, parents and students on how to prevent and stop bullying

What Schools can do?

  • Teachers can be trained to recognize and prevent bullying
  • Students and teachers can be told about effects of bullying and how to prevent it during school assemblies
  • Flyers can be mailed to parents with specific talking-points on dangers of bullying that can they can discuss with their children
  • Posters and flyers can be placed at strategic locations highlighting points raised about at school assemblies
  • Students/parents/ teachers can be educated through flyers and posters on how to prevent and stop bullying
  • A system can be developed that enables students, parents and teachers to report on bullying anonymously for quick preventive action
  • It is important to set age-specific rules to prevent bullying in schools
  • It is important to clearly enunciate the punishment for breaking rules and rewards for abiding by the rules

Finally, in India unlike in the West bullying is yet to assume a gargantuan proportion. There are, however, already clear signs of it snowballing into a serious socio-psychological issue. The need of the hour is collective action to nip the problem in the bud.

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