Parenting

Signs of Bullying and Things to Do

Bullying is an aggressive behavior among children and can manifest as hitting other children, teasing or social exclusion. Most children (boys and older children in general), do not even tell their parents if they are bullied at school because they fear that the bullying will become worse. Unfortunately, parents themselves have to recognize the signs if their children are being bullied or not.

Parents often do not know how to track the signs or to understand that the child is being bullied at school or somewhere else. The following defines the possible signs of bullying:

  • Your child could come home with damage to his/her body and with ragged clothes.
  • Your child could have some unexplained cuts or injuries.
  • Your child may only have a few friends with whom your child spends time.
  • He/she could lose his/her interest in school.
  • Your child could feel depressed when they arrive home from school.
  • They could complain about having headaches or any other physical disorders.
  • You could also experience a loss of appetite in your child.
  • He/she could suffer from a sense of low self- esteem.

Once you have recognized some of the signs in your child, how do you deal with the bullying? The following advice could help you to deal with it.

1. The first thing that you need to do is talk to your child. Tell him/her that you are worried about them and you want to help. You can ask some direct questions like ‘Are you having problems at school?’ or you can steer the conversation towards his/her friends at school like ‘Who are you hanging out with?’

2. Secondly, you can talk to the staff at the school and try to learn if your child is having any problems with any of the other children. You can learn about the children with whom your child spends time and if they think that your child has been bullied by the other children.

3. Talk to your child’s teacher and try to learn if your child is having any problem with other attendees at school like the music teacher etc.

4. If you are not satisfied with their feedback, you can then talk to your child’s counselor or the principal of the school. After these conversations, if you notice that your child continues to be bullied at school, you need to act as soon as possible as it could have very serious effects on your child.

If you want to save your child from having serious effects or problems, you really need to pay attention to the advice in this article and act as soon as you see the signs discussed.

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