What happens to kids during childhood shapes who they become. Bullying can have lasting physical, mental, and emotional effects on children that can stay with them into their adult years. Here are some signs that your child may be experiencing if being bullied or signs that your child is the bully.
If you notice your child appears to be having any of these signs talking to your child about what is bothering them, if they wont open up to you then contacting the school and talking to his or hers teachers to see if anything is going on out of the ordinary. And asking the teacher or teachers to keep a eye on your child and letting them know your concerned and you might think your child is being bullied. Contacting the school counselor to see if there is a way your child can meet with them, sometimes children would rather talk to someone other than there parents about what they are going through.
- trouble sleeping and having nightmares
- is very anxious
- Has unexplainable injuries
- Headaches or stomach aches
- Faking being sick
- Bad grades or loss of interest in what he or she use to like
- Skipping meals or binge eating
- Not wanting to go to school
- Low self esteem
- Feeling of helplessness
- Self-harming behaviors
- Running away from home
Being The Bully
Recognizing the signs that your child is involved in bullying. They could be being bullied, bullying others, or witnessing bullying. These signs could signal other issues, you should talk to your child if they display any sort of behavioral or emotional changes. These are some signs your child might be bullying others.
- No responsibility for their actions
- Sent to principles office
- Friends who bully others
- Blaming other for their problems
- Very competitive
- Reputation or popularity concerns
- Frequent detention
- Unexplained extra money
Bullying is NEVER okay, talking to your child about bullying. Keeping the lines of communication open with your child will make it easier to talk to them if an incident happens. It is also important to work with your child’s school to help prevent bullying before it starts.