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School Bullying

School bullying is becoming more and more frequent among both boys and girls. Children can encounter bullying everywhere from school to the Internet. Try taking this quiz to see if your child may potentially be being bullied:

  1. Does your child often make excuses not to go to school?

  2. Is your child often angry, sad, depressed, withdrawn or full of self-loathing?

  3. Is your child moody or erratic emotionally?

  4. Does your child come home frequently hurt or injured by a particular person or group of people? Does he or she come home with bruises often saying that they “fell” or “walked into a door”?

  5. Is your child frequently picked on in the presence of others?

  6. Does your child often have his/her belongings missing, stolen or taken?

If your child is demonstrating any of these warning signs, it might be an indication they are being bullied in some form. If your child is experiencing any of the above scenarios, it might be a good idea to talk to his/her teacher about incidents going on at school. Talk to your child directly to try and find out if they are a victim of bullying. Try to speak to him or her by communicating that none of this is their fault and they have no reason to be scared because there are people who can help them. 

Bullying Warning Signs

Are you a victim of bullying?

If your child is a victim of bullying, it is a good idea to sit down with him/her and go over a list of do's and don'ts to help keep them safe in cases of bullying.

  • Don't get into a physical fight with a bully or try to retaliate.

  • Don't believe the insults about you.

  • Don't ignore the bullying.

  • Don't waste time in place where a bully might target you, including physical locations as well as online.

  • Don't believe you deserve to get picked on.

  • Do write down how you feel especially if you have trouble verbalizing what is going on.

  • Do learn to say and believe good things about yourself and your personality.

  • Do speak confidently to the bully.

  • Do walk or run away if a bully tries to hurt you.

  • Tell someone what is going on even if you think that people will pick on you at school. If you are getting physically injured, this is much worse than words and someone you trust may need to intervene.

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Are you a bully?

There are also a few warning signs to look for to determine if your child might be a bully at school or online.

  1. Does your child have a positive view of violence?

  2. Is your child often aggressive toward adults including teachers?

  3. Does your child demonstrate a need to dominate or control others and situations?

  4. Is your child physically stronger than his or her peers?

  5. Does your child show out-of-control anger issues?

  6. Does your child often test limits or break rules?

  7. Is your child good at manipulating his/her way out of situations?

  8. Does your child show little sympathy toward others who are bullied?

  9. Have you seen kids at school shying away from your child?

As a parent it is important to teach your child good values about how to treat others. It is important to stay involved with your children so that you know what is going on and you can provide the proper guidance and help that they may need.

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