7 Not-So-Obvious Signs That Your Child Is Being Bullied

Date March 16, 2018 14:08

Bullying can take a heavy toll on a child's mental health. Unfortunately, parents may not know that their child is being bullied, as they can't be around for 24 hours. Also, children are often too embarrassed to tell their caregivers about what's happening. This is why it's important for parents to learn the signs that their children may display when they are being victimized by their peers.

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Here are 7 signs that your child may be a victim of bullying:

1. They don't want to go to school.

When children are bullied at school, they want to avoid being in that hostile environment. They may often say they are feeling unwell to avoid going to school or just skip classes altogether (this is especially true for teenagers).

2. They struggle academically.

Bullying can damage a child's self-esteem and impair their ability to focus. That can lead to a decreased ability to concentrate when studying, lack of interest in homework, and a subsequent decline in grades.

3. They often complain of headaches and stomachaches.

Children (and adults, for that matter) may have headaches and discomfort in the stomach even in the absence of a physical health issue. These symptoms may be caused by stress and anxiety which result from being bullied.

4. They have trouble sleeping.

Children are too anxious about going to school the next day when they know that their tormentors won't leave them alone. This may lead to difficulties falling asleep and even nightmares.

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5. There's a lack of communication with peers.

If you notice that your child has started to spend less time with friends and more time on their own, and generally communicating less with their peers, the reason for this withdrawal may be bullying.

6. They have unexplainable bruises and other injuries.

If you see such an injury and ask your child "Where's that from?", he or she may tell you about stumbling and falling or another cause of the injury, even if it's not true.

7. Their possessions are inexplicably missing.

If you notice that your child's things, such as books, toys, electronics, or pocket money, have started to go missing, and the child can't explain where their stuff is, there may be a bully taking things away from them.

If you think your child is being bullied, try to get them to open up about it. Talk to your child's teachers, friends' and classmates' parents, and a school counselor to work together on this problem to eliminate it. At a young age, their mental health is more fragile than in adulthood, and bullying can inflict damage that will take years to undo.

Source: StopBullying, Reader's Digest, Character

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