Sunday, February 26, 2012

How To Spot a Bully In Your Child's Life

Would you know if your child was being bullied? Often bullying goes unreported and undetected, yet the damage is still done and can have life altering effects. In 2009,  Finkelhor, Turner, Ormrod,&Hamby conducted a national study of United States school children, ages 2-17, and identified 29.5 percent of the youth surveyed had experienced emotional bullying, and 21.6 percent had experienced physical bullying. Knowing the signs and getting immediate assistance to stop the bullying and provide emotional support can make all the difference in the life of child. The following are warning signs often demonstrated by children being bullied:

Comes home with torn, damaged, or missing pieces of clothing, books, or other belongs
Has unexplained cuts, bruises, scratches
Has few, if any friends, with whom they spend time
Seems afraid of going to school, walking to and from school, riding the bus, or taking part in organized activities with peers
Takes a long, illogical, route to school
Has lost interest in, or suddenly begins to do poorly at school
Appears sad, moody, teary, or depressed when they come home from school
Complains of frequent headaches, stomachaches, or other physical symptoms
Has trouble sleeping or has frequent bad dreams
Demonstrates a loss of appetite
Appears anxious and suffers from low self esteem
Learning how to recognize the symptoms may save a life. Know the signs and stop bullying today!
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