Warning Signs of Bullying: 12 Signs Kids May Be Bullied & What Parents Can Do by Dr. Bradley Nelson
School bullies don’t always openly threaten their victims – some of them have charisma, the respect of their teachers and good social skills – yet they still inflict emotional harm on victims that can last decades, researchers say. Victims of bullying and other early trauma may carry emotional scars into adulthood. But adults can help reduce the trauma of bullying for young people by recognizing the warning signs and talking to them. These include:
- Emotional upset, anxiousness and sadness.
- Frequent headaches and stomachaches.
- Faking illness.
- Unexplained injuries.
- Changes in eating habits.
- Poor sleep/frequent nightmares.
- A drop in school performance.
- Not wanting to go to school.
- Sudden loss of friends.
- Avoidance of social situations.
- Low self-esteem.
- Self-destructive behaviors including self-harm, running away or talking about suicide.
If you see your child struggling with any of these issues, talk with him or her about what’s going on. Talking with your children is the key both to preventing bullying and to uncovering and soothing the emotional trauma it can cause.
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