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10 Signs Your Child is Being Bullied

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Being a victim of bullying can lead to loneliness, low self-esteem, depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress, eating disorders and thoughts of suicide. Some targets of bullying will display hostility, anger, decline in grades and school avoidance.

Parents should be aware of the types of bullying that are most common. Verbal bullying can take the form of teasing, name calling, inappropriate sexual comments, taunting and verbal threatening.

Social bullying is focused on hurting someone's reputation or peer relationships, such as leaving someone out of social activities, telling peers not to be friends with the victim, spreading rumors or embarrassing someone in front of peers.

Physical bullying might entail hurting a child or their possessions (e.g., hitting, kicking, pushing, pinching, spitting, tripping or defacing belongings). Cyber-bullying may be through text messages, voicemail, email, web pages and social media. These newer venues for bullying can be anonymous and easily shared with a wide audience, and internet posts are difficult to ever remove completely.

Bullying Warning Signs:

  1. Repeatedly comes home with missing money or possessions

  2. Has unexplained cuts, bruises or other injuries

  3. Dislikes school and avoids attending school

  4. Physical signs of stress: headaches, stomachaches, nausea, etc.

  5. Low self-esteem, depression, anger, anxiety and other changes in mood

  6. Loss of friends, decreased social activities or increased social anxiety

  7. Changes in eating habits or significant weight change

  8. Changes in sleeping habits, trouble falling asleep, night terrors or nightmares

  9. Fear of school or one class, such as PE

  10. Decline in grades, attitude at school or lower class participation

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