Hunter explains what to do if you are being bullied.
In recent years, there has been a surge of awareness related to bullying and the serious repercussions associated with it. Even with all this talk, bullying is still a large problem in our schools. It isn’t something that we just see in far off cities, but it is happening in our hometown every day. Our office has recently been made aware of several stories of children in our own area who have been bullied, some taking their own life as a result. Even with all of the organizations and the awareness that is being raised, there is still a lot of work to do. We would like to take this time to discuss the warning signs of bullying from both sides of the coin.
The following is a list of signs that your child is being bullied:
- Unexplainable injuries
- Lost or destroyed clothing, books, electronics, or jewelry
- Frequent headaches and stomachaches
- Feeling sick or faking illness
- Changes in eating habits (skipping meals or binge eating). Kids may come home from school hungry because they did not eat lunch.
- Difficulty sleeping or frequent nightmares
- Declining grades, loss of interest, or not wanting to go to school
- Sudden loss of friends or avoidance of social situations
- Feeling of helplessness or decreased self- esteem
- Self destructive behaviors such as running away from home, harming themselves, or talking about suicide.
Signs that a child is bullying others:
- 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
Whether you know a child that is being bullied or you know one that is bullying, please get them the proper help so that we can stop this vicious cycle.
Here are some bullying resources:
Stopbullying.gov – for warning signs, info and prevention
Pacerteensagainstbullying.org – for teens about bullying prevention