Bullying is a serious problem occurring in children and teenagers. It can be difficult for parents to identify whether their child is being bullied if their child doesn’t tell them. If you are concerned about your child, here are some warning signs that may indicate your child is being bullied.
- Shows an abrupt lack of interest in school, or refuses to go to school.
- Takes an unusual route to school.
- Suffers drop in grades.
- Withdraws from family and school activities.
- Is sad, sullen, angry, or scared after receiving a phone call or email.
- Steals money from home.
- Does something out of character.
- Has torn or missing clothing.
- Uses derogatory or demeaning language when talking about peers.
- Stops talking about peers and everyday activities.
- Has physical injuries not consistent with explanation.
- Has stomach-aches, headaches, panic attacks, is unable to sleep, sleeps too much, is exhausted.
- Plays alone, or prefers to hang with adults.
Remember, it is important to be supportive and listen to your child if they are being bullied. Speak with your child’s teacher and principal if necessary, and work together to help your child.