Bullying is becoming a bigger problem in our society. We have heard news stories of children and teens being bullied on the internet, via phone texts, verbally at school, via notes, etc. StopBullying.Gov is a forum created of numbers government agencies with the intent of informing the public of signs of bullying, prevention of bullying and ways to stop bullying.
Kids can be bullied but can also be the bully. There are different signs to look for regarding each classification.
Signs a Child is Being Bullied:
- Unexplainable injuries
- Lost or destroyed clothing, books, electronics, or jewelry
- Frequent headaches or stomach aches, feeling sick or faking illness
- Changes in eating habits, like suddenly 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 in schoolwork, or not wanting to go to school
- Sudden loss of friends or avoidance of social situations
- Feelings of helplessness or decreased self esteem
- Self-destructive behaviors such as running away from home, harming themselves, or talking about suicide
Signs 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
If you ever suspect that your child is being bullied or has bullied another child, do not ignore your gut. Talk to your child – talk to the teachers – talk to your child's pediatrician.
Lindsay Rakers, Missouri and Illinois Injury Attorney