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Warning Signs Your Child May be the Target of Bullies

Posted: January 18, 2018

Warning Signs your child may be a target of bullies.

• Your child comes home missing things or their property has been damaged.
• Your child has injuries they can’t or don’t want to explain.
• They have no interaction with other kids after school.
• Your child seems nervous taking a school bus or walking to school.
• They finds or makes up excuses as to why they can’t go to school.
• They take alternate routes home.
• School grades are slipping.
• They appear lonely or sad.
• They complain frequently of headaches, stomachaches, or other physical ailments.
• Loss of appetite.
• They have lost their self-confidence.

Note: Children with disabilities may be at a higher risk of being bullied than other children.
Noticing signs like these are your cue to talk to your child and his teacher or counselor.

When talking to your child be sure to connect first.

Example – I’ve been seeing a lot of news reports about bullying. It scares me. Is this type of behavior happening at your school? Are you or your friends having any problem with others picking on you? Who are some of your friends at school? Any kids at school you don’t like? Why don’t you like them?

Follow up with the teacher and ask how your child does socially in school? Who he is friends with? Does the teacher think your child could be bullied or teased?

Continue to seek help. If these signs are not those of being bullied you will want to find out what is causing them. If your child is being bullied, take some action steps to rebuild their confidence, self esteem, and their self-defense skills.