How do you empower girls who are bullying targets? What every professional needs to know. A recent study revealed that nearly 50% of all students report having been the target of bullying for six months or longer -- and the vast majority do not report the bullying to an adult. Another study found that 1 in 5 girls live with the fear of being hurt or harassed at school. And girls are twice as likely as boys to be victims of long-term bullying – bullying that often begins as early as age 6.
Girls tend to be more covert about their relational aggression, and sometimes approach bullying as "snipers in the night." They use gossiping, rumoring, notes, texts, websites, social alliances and exclusions to subdue their victims. Girls tend to choose other girls as their targets, and their goal is often to hurt someone through damaging their sense of self-worth and their perception of how their peers value or devalue them.
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Kaye Randall, LISW-CP is co-owner and director of Turning Point Counseling, where she provides clinical services to children and adolescents in inpatient and outpatient settings. She specializes in working with adolescents who self-injure. Kaye has extensive experience in crisis intervention, assessments and counseling services for victims of child abuse and neglect. She works with many children and adolescents who exhibit challenging behaviors such as relational aggression and bullying as well as those who are the victims of this behavior. Kaye has inspired seminar participants through her practical insights and proactive caring strategies in helping children and adolescents. She has led professional seminars throughout the United States and Canada on topics such as relational aggression, depression, addiction in youth, and self-injury. In March of 2001, she was selected social worker of the year by COAC-Council on Adoptable Children a national organization. Kaye is co-author of several books.
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