Many parents often notice that their child’s behavior suddenly takes a turn for the worse and they shrug it off, assuming it to be teenage angst. While there are definitely times when a child or teen will act out simply due to school pressures, it’s also very possible that the outbursts you’re seeing are common signs of bullying.
Children who are bullied by other students or even teachers often don’t want to tell parents or other adults; it might embarrass them, or they might fear that the bullying will get worse. When this happens, confronting your child about whether they are being bullied is the only way to get them to open up about what’s really going on at school.
Not all bad behavior is a common sign of bullying in your child or teenager. After all, it is normal for teen and kids to occasionally get overly emotional. It’s part of growing up. That being said, if you’re getting increasingly worried about your child’s behavior, don’t ignore your gut feelings.
Common signs of bullying:
- Your child has become very withdrawn and quiet.
- You’ve seen them come home with bruises, scratches and torn clothing.
- Their personal items keep going missing.
- You’ve noticed that they are continually coming up with excuses as to why they shouldn’t go to school. This can include faking sick, pretending to be injured or even just begging not to go.
- Your child has become unusually watchful or downright paranoid.
- When you see your child’s social media page, it’s dotted with hateful messages from other students.
- You notice your child crying in his or her room, but he refuses to tell you what’s wrong.
Many students encounter bullying while at school, and parents should not ignore it. Sometimes, especially without proper intervention from the school or parents, it can get much worse. Don’t let your child become the next victim in this national epidemic.
If you believe your child has been bullied, don’t hesitate to take action. Make the school and local law enforcement aware of your concerns and gather all the evidence you can so the bully can be appropriately managed.