Thursday, October 13, 2011

October is National Anti-bullying Month: Warning Signs

Signs your child is being bullied:

*Comes home with damaged or missing clothing or belongings
*Reports losing items such as books, electronics, clothing, or jewelry
*Has unexplained injuries
*Complains frequently of headaches, stomachaches, or feeling sick
*Has trouble sleeping or has frequent bad dreams
*Has changes in eating habits
*Hurts themselves
*Are very hungry after school from not eating their lunch
*Runs away from home
*Loses interest in visiting or talking with friends
*Is afraid of going to school or other activities with peers
*Loses interest in school work or begins to do poorly in school
*Appears sad, moody, angry, anxious or depressed when they came home
*Talks about suicide
*Feels helpless
*Often feels like they are not good enough
*Blames themselves for their problems
*Suddenly has fewer friends
*Avoids certain places
*Acts differently than usual

Signs your child is a bully:

*Becomes violent with others
*Gets into physical or verbal fights with others
*Gets sent to the principal’s office or detention a lot
*Has extra money or new belongings that cannot be explained
*Is quick to blame others
*Will not accept responsibility for their actions
*Has friends who bully others
*Needs to win or be best at everything

Resource: (n.d.) Recognizing the warning signs. Retrieved October 13, 2011, from

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