"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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