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Signs your child is being bullied.

Bullying is an intentional, aggressive and repeated behavior that involves an imbalance of power or strength.


It can take several forms.

Verbal(name calling and teasing)

Sexual

Racist bullying

Cyber bullying (online harassmemt, hate messages, threats etc)

Physical(hitting, punching, beating)

Warning signs:

Your child comes home with cuts, bruises and scratches.

Finds or makes up excuses as to why they can't go to school.

Has lost interest in school work.

Complains frequently about headaches, tummy aches or other physical ailments.

Appears anxious and has very low self esteem.

Appears sad, moody, depressed when they came home from school.

Seems afraid off going to school, walking to school, taking the bus or just being at school.

The above are signs off bullying , but can also be the signs off abuse. It is best to talk to your child to find out more.

When you talk to them don't just ask are you being bullied? You might scare them away.

A better way to approach it us to say:

I'm worried about you. Are there any kids picking on you or bullying you at school?

I've heard a lot about bullying on the news. Is that going on in your school?

Are there any kids who leave you out or exclude you on purpose?

Who do you sit with at lunch or on the bus?

Do you have any special friends at school this year? Who are they? Who do you hang out with?


If your kid or teen is being bullied so not overact. Show them you are there for them. Show them that they can trust you and that you will listen without judgement. Assure that you love them and that it isn't their fault that they are being bullied.

Talk with your kids/teens school.

Call or set up an appointment and speak about your concerns regarding your child. Teachers are likely in position to understand the relationship between your child and other peers at the school.

Ask the teacher the following questions:

How does my child get along with other children?

With whom does he/she spend their free time?

Have you noticed or suspected that my child is being bullied?

Ask the teachers to talk to other faculty or staff who interact with your child at school to see wheather they have observed your child being bullied.

If you are not comfortable talking with your child’s teacher, or not satisfied with the conversation, make an appointment to meet with your child’s guidance counselor or principal to discuss these concerns.

If after talking with your child and his or her school and you don’t feel that your child is being bullied, stay alert to other possible problems that your child may be experiencing serious problems that could cause depression, social isolation, and loss of interest in school and share your concerns with a school counselor or psychologist.


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