Children bullying is a problem that has affected many young children and adolesecents. It can be done physically or verbally. It may also take the form of cyber bullying in case of those who use social networks (Kowalski & Limber, 2007) or threatening. A child can be bullied by their mates or they can be bullied by adults. In fact, there are parents who bully their children. Bullying is an issue that is very important in the public health sector due to the effrcts it has on children who are victimized. Therefore, as a practitioner in the field of Maternal and Child Health, it is important to address this issue with the seriousness that it deserves. This problem needs to be addressed by all stakeholders ranging from the children’s parents, teachers as well as the Marternal and Child Health practitioners. The importance of this issue inpublic health is underlined by the fact that bullying affects the psychology of children. They have a low self esteem, they may become physically weak and also have poor social skills. They find it hard to relate with other children since they may find it difficult to stand for themselves. In fact, this is a problem that is likely to cause children drop out of school and the loss of self esteem may persist to adulthood.
Bullying is a vice that has for long affected children especially those that have attained school age. It mostly occurs in schools where children are bullied by their counterparts who may be stronger than them. It is estimated that about 20 – 30 percent of children are bullied or are involved in bullying incidents (Public safety, 2011). Over the last three decades, the issue of bullying has gained too much attention across the United States of America. This has been especially due to increased attention by the media on suicides and homicides which are influenced by bullying (Dake, Price & Telljoham, 2003).
Bullying has a number of effects to the victimized children. It can also have an effect to the parents of these children. It affects the future relations of children, the child is like;ly to drop grades in school. The main reason as to why the grades are likely to drop is because the child may not be attentive in class. Instead, they spend more time wondering about the bullies they receive from fellow children, they wonder what they may have done wrong and what is lilkely to happen to them after classes. On the other hand, parents also keep wondering and worrying about theuir children and as a result, they may not even concentrate at their work places. Parents are not sure what might happen to their children. They are stressed up by those issues (Staff, 2011).
The field of Maternal and Child Health has an obligation to address issues and problems that affect children, mothers, as well as young people who have special needs. It also addresses the issues of families which have children with special needs. Bullying is a problem that affects young children who attend school, their parents as well as youths. Therefore, as a practitioner in the field of Maternal and Child Health you should be in a position to make a decision that can help in solving these problem. Stopping bullying helps in the well being of children and also their parents. They are best positioned to set up programs whoich helps in addressing the special needs of children. Therefore, bullying being a special issue that affects children practitiuoners should give it the attention that it deserves. Bullying affe cts the health of children as well as their psychological well being. It further affects their parents especially mothers. This makes bullying an important issue in the field of Maternal and Child Health. Maternal and Child Health has the obligation to prevent bullying and violence among children (Public safety, 2011).
Considering the effects that bullying has on ahildren and their parents, it is imperative to develop policies that addresses the issue in depth. Anti bullying policies should be developed and implemented in all areas where children are bullied especially in schools. Amid the increased awareness of harmful effects associated with bullying, many schools have developed anti bullying policies. The department of Maternal and Child Health should boost the development of these policies and contribute I making them effective. This is a challenge to all practitioners in this field to make such policies.
Among the policies that need o be implemented incude, establishment of training programs. The programs which are to be established by Maternal and Child Health practitioners will train teachers on ways by which they can handle children and help them stop bullying one another. Further, adult needs to help children stop bullying. Therefore, as a practitioner in the field of Maternal and Child Health you need to advice adults, including parents of children involved in bullying on how they can handle the cases and help children stop the vice. There can be programs to train such adults on how to do this (Public safety, 2011).
There should also be programs organized to take place in schools by Maternal and Child Health department whose aim will be to offer guidance and counseling to students who are victims of bullying. Such children are affected psychologically and they need to be talked to so as to help them regain their self esteem. It is important to note that bullying is a systematic problem and therefore needs to be addressed systematically. the solution needs to be given time to take effect.
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