Bullying: Know the Signs
Bullying is something that is very common among all ages and has been an issue for centuries, likely since the existence of humans. Unfortunately with increases in technology and the introduction of cyber networks bullying has taken on a new and complex meaning for children in this generation. Bullying can occur 24/7 and is no longer limited to the school yard. It is not difficult to see that this can have a huge impact on a child’s mental health.
Studies have shown that not only are there increases in suicidal ideation for individuals that are victims of bullying, but also individuals who are participants in bullying.
Below is a list of signs that your child is being bullied or your child may be bullying others which was taken from stopbullying.gov. Early intervention is important in order to prevent long term trauma.
Signs a child is being bullied:
Lost or destroyed clothing, books, electronics, or jewelry
Frequent headaches or stomach aches, feeling sick or faking illness.
Changes in eating habits, like suddenly skipping meals or binge eating. Kids may come home from school hungry because they did not eat lunch.
Difficulty sleeping or frequent nightmares
Declining grades, loss of interest in schoolwork, or not wanting to go to school
Sudden loss of friends or avoidance of social situations
Feelings of helplessness or decreased self esteem
Self-destructive behaviors such as running away from home, harming themselves, or talking about suicide
Signs a child is bullying others:
Get into physical or verbal fights
Have friends who bully others
Are increasingly aggressive
Get sent to the principal’s office or to detention frequently
Have unexplained extra money or new belongings
Blame others for their problems
Don’t accept responsibility for their actions
Are competitive and worry about their reputation or popularity
If you feel that your child is being bullied or shows signs of bullying others its best to have them evaluated. Our providers are here to help.
Hinduja, S., & Patchin, J. W. (2010). Bullying, cyberbullying, and suicide. Archives of Suicide Research, 14, 206–221. doi:10.1080/13811118.2010 .494133