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Watching two Las Vegas boys hitting a special needs student in a YouTube video earlier this month one might think that bullying is on a pandemic rise. But is this really a new issue, or has this been a serious problem that until recently has gone unreported. According to a 2004 U.S. poll of children, 86% of more than 1,200 9- to 13-year-old boys and girls polled said they’ve seen someone else being bullied, 48% said they’ve been bullied, and 42% admitted to occasionally bullying other kids.
While a 2008 Health Canada paper by Deborah Doherty and Dorothy Berglund highlights the significant costs for society as a result of the disrespectful and domineering behavior associated with bullying one thing is for certain . . . this is a problem that we can no longer ignore! Joining me to offer their insights and expertise are Jennifer Hancock, author of the book The Bully Vaccine, Meryl Camin Sosa who is the Executive Director of the Illinois Psychiatric Society, and who's daughter was a victim of a bully with near tragic consequences, renown Certified Clinical & Sport Psychologist Dr. Jack Singer and Mr. Universe winner Avtar Nordine Zouareg, Celebrity Wellness Coach and author of Mind Over Body.