Bullying used to be considered a childhood rite of passage. But, today, it's considered a serious problem.
Sanford Health Pediatrician Dr. Chris Tiongson says bullying is about more than playground teasing. He says it can have serious long term affects on a child both physically and emotionally.
Whether they are physically beat up or are under mental pressure -- it's an issue parents and teachers need to address. And, it's not just the bullied child that may need help.
"Often times the kids that are bullying other kids have issues of their own too. They may also need some help too," says Dr. Tiongson.
Tiongson says if a parent think their child may be the aggressor -- they need to address it right away. Look at what is triggering the behavior. He says it could be a transition or change in their life or maybe even acting out something they see on TV or in movies. He says it's something your pediatrician can help with and teachers should be made aware of.