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Some childhood cancer patients and survivors may be at risk for bullying.
Children and teens with physical, developmental, intellectual, emotional, and sensory differences are more likely to be bullied than their peers.
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 physical contact, words, or more subtle actions such as social exclusion. The person being bullied typically has trouble defending himself or herself and does nothing to “cause” the bullying.
Cyberbullying is bullying that happens online and via cell phones, according to the APA. It includes sending hurtful or threatening e-mails or instant messages, spreading rumors, or posting embarrassing photos of others.
Any child who is perceived as weak, such as children with obvious signs of cancer treatment effects, are more at risk. These conditions may include:
Signs and symptoms that a child is being bullying include:
Bullying can affect physical and emotional health, both in the short term and later in life.
It leads to:
Students and parents can take steps to prevent or effectively respond to bullying:
For more information on taking action to prevent bullying, visit the APA Help Center.
Reviewed: June 2018