Bullying needs to be understood and positioned as a form of child abuse – peer abuse. For too many people, bullying is a benign term. This article will include information collected from a wide-range of researchers and discussions with over 50,000 students that I have facilitated during the past twenty years. The content will focus on new morbidities related to bullying such as depression and suicide, obesity, eating disorders, food allergies, juvenile diabetes, truancy, and substance and alcohol abuse. Making a cultural change in our society will require identified Change Agents, along with recommendations for collaboration, policies, projects and legislation.

Author Biography

SuEllen Fried is a passionate advocate for children who devotes her time to reduce the cruelty of children to each other. She is an international speaker on the topic of child abuse and bullying and has appeared on Good Morning America, the TODAY Show, MSNBC, and was featured on an A&E Documentary, Bill Kurtis Reports, “Bullied to Death”. Her trainings have been sponsored by the American Medical Association Alliance and numerous public, private, parochial schools and school districts. Fried attended Washington University, St. Louis, MO and received a BA in Creative Arts and Mental Health from Park University, Parkville, MO. She received an M.A. equivalency from the American Dance Therapy Association and worked as a dance therapist in the Kansas City area for 20 years. Fried founded the Kansas Committee for Prevention of Child Abuse in 1976, the model chapter for the National Committee for Prevention of Child Abuse, now known as Prevent Child Abuse America. She served as president of the Kansas Committee form 1976- 1980 and served as the Chairman of the Board of the national organization from 1980-1982. She continues to serve on that board as a Life Member. Fried is the co-author of four books on bullying - ""Bullies & Victims, Helping Your Child Through the Schoolyard Battlefield," M.Evans, 1996, SuEllen Fried and Paula Fried, PhD; "Bullies, Targets and Witnesses, Helping Children Break the Pain Chain," M.Evans, 2003, SuEllen Fried and Paula Fried, PhD; "Banishing Bullying Behavior, Transforming the Culture of Pain, Rage and Revenge," Rowman & Littlefield, 2009, SuEllen Fried and Blanche Sosland, PhD; "Banishing Bullying Behavior, Transforming the Culture of Peer Abuse," Second Edition, Rowman & Littlefield, 2011, SuEllen Fried and Blanche Sosland, PhD