"Stop bulling my kids," are words I never thought I would say. Especially since three (out of four) of my
children are only elementary school age. But I have. And with saying those words, I experienced a great
sense of worry for my children’s safety.

Bullying my kids is an issue and should be a concern for every parent. However, from personal
experience, not every kid teasing moment should be labeled as a bullying situation where parent
intervention is required. Kids will be teased and won’t be accepted in every group. Below are warning
signs of a bully and being bullied. I also shared things a parent can do.

Warning signs of being bullied:
  • Has unexplained physical injuries like cuts and bruises
  • Has few, if any friends
  • Seems afraid of going to school or participating in organized activities
  • Has lost interest in school work or suddenly begins to do poorly in school
  • Appears sad, moody, teary, or depressed when he or she comes home
  • Complains of headaches, stomachaches or other physical ailments
  • Has trouble sleeping or has bad dreams
  • Suffers from low self-esteem

Warning signs of a bully:
  • Refuses to include certain kids in play
  • Continues inappropriate behavior even though he/she was asked to stop
  • Overly concerned with being and staying popular
  • Non-accepting of kids who are different
  • Frequently teases or taunts other children
  • Constantly plays extremely aggressive videogames
  • Hurts animals
  • Verbally rude and aggressive  

What can a parent do?
  • Talk to your child. If your child won't talk to you, find someone they will talk to.
  • Have your child suggest solutions.
  • Talk to the child's teacher.
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