Bullying 101 – Part 2 of 3
School staff can do a great deal to prevent bullying and protect students, but they cannot do it alone. When your child is being bullied there are steps you can take to resolve the situation.
In this three-part series on bullying, we will examine what bullying is and what it is not, the warning signs of bullying, the steps to take for preventing and reporting bullying, and how to talk to your child about bullying.
10 Warning Signs of Bullying
There are many warning signs that may indicate that a child is affected by bullying. Recognizing the warning signs is an important first step in taking action against bullying. However, be aware that not all children who are bullied exhibit warning signs.
- Unexplained Injuries
- Lost or Destroyed Clothing, Books, Electronics, or Other Personal Items
- Frequent Headaches or Stomach Aches, Feeling Sick or Faking Illness
- Changes in Eating Habits, Like Suddenly Skipping Meals or Binge Eating
- Difficulty Sleeping or Frequent Nightmares
- Declining Grades. Loss of Interest in Schoolwork, or Not Wanting to Go to School
- Sudden Loss of Friends or Avoidance of Social Situations
- Feeling of Helplessness or Decreased Self Esteem
- Self-Destructive Behaviors Such as Running Away from Home, Harming Themselves, or Talking About Suicide
- A Very Small Number of Bullied Students Retaliate Through Violent Measures
Not all children who are bullied ask for help. It is important to talk with children who show signs of being bullied. These warning signs can also point to other issues or problems, such as depression or substance abuse. Talking to your child can help identify the root cause of the problem.
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