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Is your child being Bullied?
The following are warning signs that a child may be bullied and needs your help.
1. Unexplained physical marks, cuts, bruises and scrapes
2. Unexplained loss school supplies, clothing, lunches, or money
3. Clothes, books, electronic items are damaged or missing or child reports mysteriously “losing” possessions
4. Doesn’t want to go to school or other activities with peers
5. Afraid of riding the school bus
6. Afraid to be left alone
7. Suddenly withdrawn, evasive; remarks about feeling lonely
8. Change in typical behavior or personality
9. Appears sad, moody, angry, anxious or depressed and that mood lasts with no known cause
10. Physical complaints; headaches, stomachaches, frequent visits the school nurse’s office
11. Difficulty sleeping, nightmares, cries self to sleep, bed wetting
12. Change in eating habits
13. Begins bullying siblings or younger kids
14. Waits to get home to use the bathroom
15. Suddenly has fewer friends or doesn’t want to be with the “regular group”
16. Sudden and significant drop in grades.
17. Blames self for problems; feels “not good enough”
18. Talks about feeling helpless or about suicide; runs away.
The 4 types of bullying
Bullying is when someone is being mean to others who don't have as much power as them. There are four forms of bullying.
1) Physical: hitting, kicking, pinching, punching, scratching, spitting or any other form of physical attack. Damage to or taking someone else’s belongings may also constitute as physical bullying.
2) Verbal: Name-calling, insulting, making racist, sexist or homophobic jokes, remarks or teasing, using sexually suggestive or abusive language, offensive remarks. This is the most common form of bullying.
3) Cyber: any type of bullying that is carried out by electronic medium such as :
- 1.Text message bullying
- 2.Picture/video clip bullying via mobile phone cameras
- 3.Phone call bullying via mobile phones
- 4.E-mail bullying
- 5.Chat-room bullying
- 6.Bullying through Instant Messaging (IM)
- 7.Bullying via websites
4) Emotional: spreading nasty stories about someone, exclusion from social groups, being made the subject of malicious rumors.
*Information gathered via CDC