10 Ways How to Know if Your Child is Being Bullied
Bullying is an epidemic in this country that is starting earlier and earlier in schools. According to BullyingStatistics.org, over half of adolescents and teens have been bullied online, or have engaged in cyber bullying themselves. Over 160,000 students skip school every day because they are scared of being attacked or intimidated by other children, according to the Character Education Partnership.
To stop bullying, one must first understand the signs of bullying. Understanding if your child meets the most common traits of children who are bullied is a good first indicator that they’re in danger. Some of the most common personality traits of kids who are bullied are:
* Being socially withdrawn – they might think less of themselves, or have a quiet demeanor
* Prone to depression or sullen moods
Most children who are victims of bullying don’t tell adults because they either think that the adults won’t believe them, or that by bringing attention to the bullying it will just get worse.
If your child shows any of the following signs of bullying, it is time to bring in police, school administrators, and parents.
1 Child comes home with damaged clothes, toys, books, electronics, etc.
2 Child refuses to go to school or after-school activities where supervision is minimal
3 Afraid of riding the school bus
4 Continual “misplacement” of school supplies, clothing, lunches, or money
5 Suddenly sullen or withdrawn, and evasive to any questions
6 Complains at home and at school of temporary physical ailments like headaches and stomachaches
7 Unexplained cuts, bruises, scrapes, or other physical marks
8 Difficulty sleeping, nightmares, cries self to sleep, or bed wetting
9 Change in eating habits
10 Begins to bully siblings or younger kids.
Do not be afraid of losing “cool parent” points if your child does not want attention brought to the matter. Remember, the best thing you can do for your children is to remind them that it is NOT their fault, and to help them overcome their bullying situation.