Children with dyslexia and other learning disabilities are particularly susceptible to bullying, whether it’s physical, verbal, or digital bullying. The impact of bullying can be devastating, and it’s everyone’s responsibility—the bully’s, the victim’s, the bystander’s—to make sure that bullying stops. Learn more about what you can do as a parent.
How Familiar Are These Phrases?
- Kids will be kids and teasing is normal; they really don’t mean any harm.
- Just ignore it and it will go away.
- All you have to do is stand up for yourself.
We asked you—our NCLD community—to tell us about your experiences with bullying. Your responses reflected the sadness, anxiety, anger and vulnerability that are part of the bullying experience. And the heartbreak is all the more poignant when it involves children who are isolated and victimized because of their learning disabilities. Remember that bullying is a choice, not an inescapable reality, and we can (and must!) work together to stop bullying.
It’s every parent’s nightmare—a child being tormented and bullied at school by classmates, living in fear and terror of each new day. For parents of children with learning disabilities (LD), the worry can be greater because studies show that kids with disabilities are more likely to be bullied than other kids.
Someone took a photo of my kid, wrote a silly caption and texted it to the entire school. Does that count as cyberbullying? What are some other types of cyberbullying?