Subtle Signs Your Child Is Being Bullied

Bullying is a problem that many kids face everyday, especially at school and online. You, as a parent, need to read between the lines and be able to see if your child is being bullied. Bullied children can suffer in other ways than just being bullied; it can affect them academically as well as mentally. These kids tend to have issues with depression and anxiety and these issues follow them through adulthood. Here are some subtle signs that can help you determine if your child is being bullied at school:

 

Your Child Has New Friends or Less Friends

You should be aware of who your child is hanging out with at school or after school. Is your child not hanging out with his or her “good friends?” Or is he coming home right after school instead of going to Johnny’s house to play? Changing friends or spending less-times with his or her regular friends is a sign of bullying. If your child is being bullied, his or her friends will most likely start separating themselves away from your child as a means of protection. They do not want to be bullied too, so by not associating with the one currently being bullied, they believe they will be safer and have a less chance of receiving negative attention.

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Your Child is More Emotional

In most cases, children that are bullied do not want to tell adults about the bullying. It could be feelings of embarrassment, because they feel that they should be able to handle the problem themselves, or it could be due to the fact that they believe telling an adult may make the situation worse. Because they are bottling up their emotions and feelings, they are most likely going to feel like they are in emotional overload. With this they will constantly feel overwhelmed and therefore results in anxiety, anger, and being easily upset. If you notice that your child is more emotional that usual, this is a key indicator that he or she is being bullied in school.

 

More Sick Days

The natural reaction to bullying is avoidance. Your child may start taking the long route home, in order to avoid walking past the kids bullying him or her. With this in mind, another way for your child to avoid being bullied in school is by not going to school at all. This may result in your child wanting to stay home sick more often. This could be a headache or a stomachache or anything of the sort. Interestingly enough, your child’s immune system is directly linked to stress levels. So the headaches and stomachaches may be real sicknesses induced by the bullying happening at school. If your child is skipping more days of school than usual and seems to be sick a lot, this may be a sign that your child is being bullied at school.

 

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5 Ways to Bully Proof Your Kid

 

Bully Proof Your Kid

Bully proof has become a buzz term in recent years as interventions have become commonplace in workplaces and schools. According to reports, 25% of public schools state that bullying among children occurs on a weekly or daily basis.

Bullying refers to unwanted, aggressive behavior in which school aged children use a perceived or real power imbalance, for instance physical strength to harm or control other kids.

Bullying comprises actions including spreading rumors and making threats. It is a concern for numerous parents, can begin as early as preschool, and typically worsens as kids grow.

The behavior is so dangerous that it could lead to suicide for the victim. If you're wondering how to bully proof your child, these strategies will prove invaluable.

Forms of Bullying

While most people think that this behavior only manifests itself physically, these other types occur in schools.

  • Verbal

Perpetrators of this behavior use statements, words, and name-calling to gain control and power over a target. Verbal bullies will typically use insults relentlessly to belittle, hurt, and demean another person.

  • Cyber bullying

This refers to the use of a cell phone, the internet or other means of technology to harass, embarrass, or threaten another person. Instances of cyber bullying include online threats and sending hurtful texts or emails.

  • Physical

This is the most obvious bullying type. It takes place when children use physical actions to gain control and power over targets.

 

How to Bull Proof Your kid

 

Model Respectful, Compassionate Relationships from an Early Age

The most efficient way of keeping children from being victims and perpetrators is to ensure they grow up in loving relationships instead of those that use force or power to control them.

Kids learn both sides of all relationships. Therefore, if your discipline techniques use power over the child, he or she will learn to be a perpetrator or victim.

Yelling, hitting, and criticism are behaviors that make kids feel worthless. However, if you treat them with respect, they are less likely to be victims.

Engage in a Discussion

Talk about this subject with your children and ask other family members to share their experiences. If one of your children discloses that he or she is a victim, commend him or her for having the courage to discuss it and provide unconditional support.

It is also imperative you consult with the school to establish its policies and determine how teachers and staff can tackle the situation.

Listen Carefully

Your kid may inform you that his or her stomach hurts; this can be a bullying sign. Ensure you are thoroughly involved in a child's life, without infringing on his or her privacy. It's important you listen to the verbal cues your kid gives and don't fear asking questions and scrutinizing everything.

Maintain a Connection with Your Child

Lonely kids are more likely to be victims. Bear in mind that parenting is largely about connection- a close association with your kid.

Be their Ally

It's important you believe these kids. However, verify things for yourself. Ensure you obtain all the details before jumping to conclusions.

In conclusion, bullying gets complex and you can't deal with it in one way only. By modeling responsible behavior, sustaining open communication, and collaborating you can bully proof your kid.

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