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Signs That Your Child Is Being Bullied At School And How To Stop It

by | February 20, 2019

Sometimes the signs that your child is being bullied at school can be glaringly obvious. When bullying is physical, it can be easy to notice bruising, torn clothing, missing personal belongings. However, usually, the signs of bullying can be not so visible. Most children don’t share the fact that they’re being bullied.

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Signs That Your Child Is Being Bullied At School And How To Stop It

There are however some signs to watch out for that signal your child is being bullied at school.

  • Refusal to go to school
  • Recurring tummy aches and other physical complaints
  • Moodiness and agitation
  • Disturbed sleep patterns, nightmares, bedwetting
  • Changes in eating habits
  • Sadness, loneliness, and anxiety with no known causes
  • Feeling helpless or worthless
  • Becoming a loner or avoiding peer interactions
  • Having no friends at school
  • Fear of riding the school bus
  • A sudden decline in grades at school
  • Increased self-blame
  • Mention of suicide

It is not recommended to approach the bully’s parents. This is something either the school or the police should handle.

If your child is being bullied at school, you want to make sure that you go through the right channels to ensure that it is stopped.

Here are the steps recommended by

  • Document everything that your child tells you. Write down dates, times, places, actions, etc.
  • Call your child’s school and make an appointment for a face to face meeting with the principal. When you meet with the principle, explain your child’s situation and ask for help.
  • Try to outline the details of what is happening to your child in a calm and collected manner.
  • Look at the school’s anti-bullying policy to see if the bully has violated school policy.
  • Ask if there is a way you can work together to stop the bullying.
  • Document everything that was said in the meeting, and hold the school accountable for promises made.
  • If threats have been made towards your child, contact the police.
  • Ask your child if the bullying has stopped, and make sure to follow up with the school.
  • If the bullying continues, keep documenting, and file a notice of harassment.
  • Go up the chain of command if you need to — Superintendent of schools, the board of education, state and federal authorities.
  • If your child has been threatened, immediately contact law enforcement.
  • If your child is being cyberbullied, report that to the school as well.
  • Report the cyberbullying the police, as well as the ISP provider and the social media web site.

A federal government website managed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services called is a great resource for parents of children dealing with bullies.

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Julie Nealon

Associate Editor, New York USA | Contactable via [email protected]



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