Recognizing the warning signs of bullying is the first step to protect against bullies and ease your child’s trauma. Bullying is a form of abuse and may come in different forms – physical, verbal, emotional and psychological.
Stopbullying.gov has defined forms of bullying and acts of the bully as:
Verbal Bullying: Saying or writing mean things. Examples include: teasing, name-calling and inappropriate sexual comments, taunting and threatening to cause harm.
Social Bullying or Relational Bullying: Hurting someone’s reputation or relationships. Examples include: leaving someone out on purpose, telling other children not to be friends with someone, spreading rumors about someone and embarrassing someone in public,
Physical Bullying: Hurting a person’s body or possessions. Examples include: hitting/kicking/pinching, spitting, tripping/pushing, taking or breaking someone’s things and making mean or rude hand gestures
Since most victims of bullying already feel isolated and helpless, they tend to keep this to themselves. This proves to be a difficulty for a parent even for teachers when helping a child deal with bullies.
Dr. Ted Zeff, author of The Strong, Sensitive Boy suggested the following telltale signs of child being bullied:
- Is your child disconnecting from people and isolating him/herself in their room? Although teens usually separate from the family, they normally connect more often with their friends.
- Has your child developed physical problems such as stomachaches and headaches that interfere with their life?
- Has your child’s schoolwork recently suffered, and is it difficult for your child to concentrate?
- Does your child have trouble falling, or staying asleep or experience frequent nightmares?
- Does your child seem listless, unenthusiastic, and disinterested in life?
- Have you noticed that your child seems hypervigilant, extremely nervous, depressed, or emotionally explosive (beyond the normal teenage angst and moodiness)?
The behaviour your child is displaying may be a result of bullying and if left disregarded may develop depression and severe anxiety in your children. In severe cases this may even result in post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
If you think your child is being bullied you can help them protect against bullies. Talk with them and find out what has been bothering them. If bullying is the cause of these behavior changes, reassure them that they’re not at fault and that it’s the bully’s behaviour that is wrong. Also let them know that there is nothing wrong with asking for help when they need help.
For more information and help about bullying, visit your local centers or go to www.stopbullying.gov
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