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6 Ways to Tell if Your Child is Being Bullied at School

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In 2019, a study found that almost half of all high school students had experienced some form of violence at school.

If you suspect that your child is also having the same experience you will understandably be very concerned. Bullying can severely damage your child’s self-esteem.

It can also leave them with physical injuries. If your child doesn’t want to open up to you about the possibility that they might be experiencing bullying, there are some signs that you can use to know if this is happening.

Here’s a look at some of the main signs of bullying, so that you can intervene.

1. Avoiding School

One of the major signs that your child is being bullied is when they start avoiding school. If your child used to love going to school but you notice that they’re not as enthusiastic as they were before, something may be wrong.

They may even start fabricating illnesses to avoid having to go to school. If you have a teenager you may need to go to the school to check if they’re showing up. Truancy is often a symptom of bullying in teenagers.

The problem of avoiding school may be especially noticeable on Monday mornings. This is because your child has been home all weekend where they feel safe. When they have to go into an unsafe environment on Monday they may start to panic. 

2. Physical Symptoms

While trying to avoid school by manufacturing illness is something that kids often do when they’re being bullied at school, there are times when their illnesses may be real.

If your child is being bullied they will start to get anxious. This will lead to stress. Stress and anxiety can cause symptoms such as headaches and stomach aches. 

3. Sleep Deprivation 

As mentioned before bullying can cause your child to become anxious. If your child is worried about what will happen at school from one day to the next day, they may not sleep very well at night. Sleep deprivation will lead to fatigue. 

Fatigue can be very easy to spot in a child. You may notice that they stay in bed more on the weekends or that they are exhausted when they come for breakfast in the morning. All these are signs that something is not right with your child.

If these signs are coupled with anxiety about going to school and there are frequently made-up illnesses then it is time to investigate.

4. New Friends

If your child suddenly seemed to have no interest in hanging out with their old friends anymore, it may be because there is some bullying going on in their group. If you notice that there are parties or activities that your child is no longer being invited to, this is a sign that something could be wrong. 

You should also look at your child’s demeanor to find out what is happening. If bullying is happening within their friendship group they are likely to become depressed about it. You will notice a change in their attitude and behavior. 

Another thing that may change is that your child starts hanging out with a completely different set of friends. Dropping one set of friends and avoiding their previous group is a sign that something is not right.

5. Emotional Reactions

If you notice that your child is having some very intense emotional reactions then something could be wrong. You may notice that they are more irritable than normal and that they are more argumentative at home.  

The opposite may also be true, your child that was once bubbly and full of life may start becoming withdrawn. They may also get tearful if you try to mention school or ask about social activities at school. 

Don’t just dismiss these signals. If you notice that there are emotional changes in your child and that anything concerning school seems to trigger it, they may be a victim of bullying. 

6. Unexplained Injuries

Bullying is not just limited to name-calling add emotional harassment. It can also get physical as well. If you notice that your child is sporting bruises on their body that they can’t explain or they have scrapes that appear after they have been to school, it may be that they are being harassed by bullies.  

Start asking them questions about their day at school once you see this. If you notice that they become uncomfortable or they seem to be lying you need to investigate further, as your child may be dealing with bullies.  

Often, even after you report these incidents the bullying may continue. Your child may also feel extremely uncomfortable at school after a report is made.

If your child is uncomfortable or the attacks continue, you might want to try homeschooling them. You can look here for more information about homeschooling.

Preventing Your Child from Being Bullied at School

As you can see there are usually some clear indicators that your child is being bullied at school. Reporting bullying to school administration is something that you need to do immediately.

Bullying can become dangerous and even life-threatening, so you must take action sooner rather than later.

You need to talk to your child about the extent of the bullying and make them aware that it needs to be reported. You will also need to deal with any fears that may crop up in your child, after finally confronting and reporting bullies.

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