We call it bullying when one child repeatedly picks on another child. Bullying can be physical, verbal, or social. It can happen at school, on the playground, on the school bus, in the neighborhood, over the phone, or over the Internet.
The effects of bullying are serious and can include mental health problems and substance abuse. Children who are bullied frequently and repeatedly develop signs of depression and anxiety and poor self-esteem. School grades may fall as well. The American Academy of Pediatrics offers the following tips for handling bullying.
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