Erin Reiney is the Director of Injury and Violence Prevention at the Health Resources and Service’s Administration (HRSA) Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB). She leads HRSA’s Bullying Prevention efforts, and serves as project officer for the MCHB Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (SUID) Resource Center Consortium and the Children’s Safety Network National Resource Center.
The Bullying Environment From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, I’m Nicholas Garlow with HHS HealthBeat. Bullying can happen anywhere. It can happen in person, online, or behind your back. But there are some groups that are at higher risk. Erin Reiney is a public health specialist at HHS’ Health Resources and Services Administration. “Depending on the environment though, some groups such as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgendered youth, youth with disabilities, and socially isolated youth may be at increased risk of being bullied.” Children can also be at increased risk if they are depressed or anxious, have low self esteem, or do not get along well with others. Kids can help prevent bullying by talking about it with their parents and by being more than a bystander. Parents can support kids by setting a good example and helping kids understand bullying and how to identify it. Learn more at stopbullying.gov. HHS HealthBeat is a production of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. I’m Nicholas Garlow.