Beaumont Children’s Hospital in Royal Oak has created Michigan’s first hospital-based, anti-bullying program: No Bullying Live Empowered, or NoBLE. The program is not only for children who have been bullied – but for any kid who’s been affected by bullying, either as a victim, witness or bully. There’s also counseling available for parents and guardians. In addition to regular counseling, those affected by bullying have access to a 24/7 bullying hotline operated by Common Ground, a nonprofit crisis intervention agency.
The FACTS on bullying:
- Approximately 10% of children in the United States are bullied in the most traditional sense of the word.
- Somewhere between 80% and 90% of pre-adolescents facing ongoing psychological and physical harassment at some point in their school life that could be characterized as bullying under a broad definition.
- Some 23% of elementary school students in grades 4-6 described being bullied “several times or more” over a given year
- 8% of students in grades 6-10 revealed that they were bullied at least one time per week.
- One out of four teens in middle and high school reports being frequently bullied.
- An estimated 160,000 children stay out of school on any given day because they are afraid of being bullied.
24 hour hotline: 1-855-UR-NOBLE (855-876-6253).