Is your child being Bullied?
The following are warning signs that a child may be bullied and needs your help.
- Unexplained physical marks, cuts, bruises and scrapes
- Unexplained loss school supplies, clothing, lunches, or money
- Clothes, books, electronic items are damaged or missing or child reports mysteriously “losing” possessions
- Doesn’t want to go to school or other activities with peers
- Afraid of riding the school bus
- Afraid to be left alone
- Suddenly withdrawn, evasive; remarks about feeling lonely
- Change in typical behavior or personality
- Appears sad, moody, angry, anxious or depressed and that mood lasts with no known cause
- Physical complaints; headaches, stomachaches, frequent visits the school nurse’s office
- Difficulty sleeping, nightmares, cries self to sleep, bed wetting
- Change in eating habits
- Begins bullying siblings or younger kids
- Waits to get home to use the bathroom
- Suddenly has fewer friends or doesn’t want to be with the “regular group”
- Sudden and significant drop in grades.
- Blames self for problems; feels “not good enough”
- Talks about feeling helpless or about suicide; runs away.
The 4 types of bullying
Bullying is when someone is being mean to others who don’t have as much power as them. There are four forms of bullying.
- Physical: hitting, kicking, pinching, punching, scratching, spitting or any other form of physical attack. Damage to or taking someone else’s belongings may also constitute as physical bullying.
- Verbal: Name-calling, insulting, making racist, sexist or homophobic jokes, remarks or teasing, using sexually suggestive or abusive language, offensive remarks. This is the most common form of bullying.
- Cyber: any type of bullying that is carried out by electronic medium such as :
- Text message bullying
- Picture/video clip bullying via mobile phone cameras
- Phone call bullying via mobile phones
- E-mail bullying
- Chat-room bullying
- Bullying through Instant Messaging (IM)
- Bullying via websites
- Emotional: spreading nasty stories about someone, exclusion from social groups, being made the subject of malicious rumors.
*Information gathered via CDC