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Some childhood cancer patients and survivors may be at risk for bullying.
Children and teens are more likely to be bullied when others perceive them as different. These differences may be physical, developmental, intellectual, emotional, or sensory.
The American Psychological Association (APA) defines bullying as a form of aggressive behavior in which someone intentionally and repeatedly causes another person injury or discomfort.
Bullying can take the form of:
The target of bullying typically has trouble defending himself or herself and does nothing to “cause” the aggression.
Cyberbullying is bullying that happens online and via cell phones, according to the APA. It includes:
Any child who is perceived as weak is more at risk. This situation may include signs of cancer treatment such as:
Signs and symptoms of bullying:
Bullying can affect physical and emotional health, both in the short term and later in life.
It can lead to:
Students and parents can take steps to prevent or respond effectively to bullying:
For more information on taking action to prevent bullying, visit the APA Help Center.
Reviewed: July 2019