No one should put up with bullying. It can make people feel unsafe at school and miserable when they get home.
It is helpful to know what signs to look for if you suspect your child may be a victim of bullying.
The following will equip you with the skills to spot different signs of bullying and some of the symptoms that could come from this.
Emotional and behavioural signs of bullying
- Changes in sleep patterns
- Changes in eating patterns
- Frequent tears or anger
- Mood swings
- Feels ill in the morning
- Becomes withdrawn or starts stammering
- Becomes aggressive and unreasonable
- Refuses to talk about what is wrong
- Begins to target siblings
- Continually ‘loses’ money or starts stealing.
Physical signs of bullying
- Has unexplained bruises, cuts, scratches
- Comes home with missing or damaged belongings or clothes
- Comes home hungry.
School signs of bullying
- Doesn’t want to go to school
- Changes their route to school or are frightened of walking to school
- Doesn’t want to go to school on the bus/tram/train
- School grades begin to fall.
Other signs of bullying
Sometimes signs bullying can be far more hidden. They can include:
- Often alone or excluded from friendship groups at school
- A frequent target for teasing, mimicking or ridicule at school
- Unable to speak up in class and appears insecure or frightened.
Signs a Child is Bullying Others
Kids may be bullying others if they:
- Get into physical or verbal fights
- Have friends who bully others
- Are increasingly aggressive
- Get sent to the principal’s office or to detention frequently
- Have unexplained extra money or new belongings
- Blame others for their problems
- Don’t accept responsibility for their actions
- Are competitive and worry about their reputation or popularity
Why kids don’t report?
Kids don’t tell adults for many reasons:
- Bullying can make a child feel helpless. Kids may want to handle it on their own to feel in control again. They may fear being seen as weak or a snitch.
- Kids may fear backlash from the kid who bullied them.
- Bullying can be a humiliating experience. Kids may not want adults to know what is being said about them, whether true or false. They may also fear that adults will judge them or punish them for being weak.
- Kids who are bullied may already feel socially isolated. They may feel like no one cares or could understand.
- Kids may fear being rejected by their peers. Friends can help protect kids from bullying, and kids can fear losing this support.
Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behaviour involving an imbalance of power, such as the use of physical strength, access to embarrassing information, or popularity to control or harm others.
It mostly occurs or has the potential of occurring more than once.
Bullying may include actions like making threats, spreading rumors, attacking someone physically or verbally, and shunning or excluding someone from a group on purpose.
Bullying is never okay, never cool and never acceptable.
No one EVER deserves to be bullied.
You must not bully others and never allow anyone to bully you.
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