LINC Commissioner SuEllen Fried recently wrote an article on bullying published in The Journal of Applied Research on Children.
The article, titled Beyond Bullying: Transforming the Culture of Peer Abuse, is based on research and discussions Fried has had with over 50,000 students over 20 years.
"Bullying needs to be understood and positioned as a form of child abuse – peer abuse. For too many people, bullying is a benign term," Fried states.
The article explores new morbidities related to bullying such as depression and suicide, obesity, eating disorders, food allergies, juvenile diabetes, truancy, and substance and alcohol abuse.
Fried's article makes several recommendations for collaboration, policies, projects and legislation.
She is the author of several books on bullying and a founder of Bully Safe USA.