8 Signs of Bullying

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Do you know the signs of bullying? Credit: D Sharon Pruitt

Bullying is a major buzzword these days. From cyber-bullying to the old-school version, bullying and its effects are all over the news.

No one wants their child to be bullied. But would you know the signs of bullying if it were happening to your kiddo? Today, Mary Jo Rapini, MEd, LPC, shares eight signs that your child may be the victim of a bully.

8 Signs of Bullying

  • Torn, damaged or missing pieces of clothing, books, or other belongings
  • Unexplained cuts, bruises and scratches
  • Fear of going to school, walking to and from school, riding the school bus or taking part with peers in organized activities
  • No interest in school or their grades
  • Weepy, sad, moody or depressed after-school behaviors
  • Complaints of headaches, stomachaches or other physical ailments
  • Loss of appetite or weight gain
  • Anxiousness or low-self-esteem

In addition to these signs, remember that a sudden, drastic change in your child’s behavior might mean something is going on.

Do you keep track of your kiddos’ online interactions? Do you think you’d suspect if your child was a bullying victim? Erin

Mary Jo Rapini, MEd, LPC, is a licensed psychotherapist and co-author with Janine J. Sherman, of Start Talking: A Girl’s Guide for You and Your Mom About Health, Sex or Whatever. Read more about the book at www.StartTalkingBook.com and more about Rapini at www.maryjorapini.com.


Comments

  1. Jen says

    When I was a kid, I developed physically very early. I was teased mercilessly about being fat and sexually harrassed to the point that I am still effected by it. I did not tell anyone (and the teacher was totally blind and never stopped it) to the point that I locked myself away. I didn’t want to go out, go to school, do anything. The only way I felt good was to sneak a cookie or two into my room. Gaining weight, while still being teased about being fat, they stopped the sexually harrassment and in my young mind, that was the only way it would stop. I regret not telling anyone what was going on. My parents were having massive problems and my Mom was descending into mental illness and I was afraId I would get in trouble.

    As an adult, it has totally affected my life. I lose weight and I feel naked. I hate the attention and even though I am in therapy, I can not stop those feelings that perhaps, I just want to be fat and invisible.

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