Kids and teens are hesitant to talk about being bullied. Parents should watch for sudden changes in your child’s behavior.
Signs of Being Bullied
Signs can include:
- Reluctance to go to school
- Sudden drop in grades
- Self-deprecating talk
- Staying away from friends
- Crying Episodes
- Frequent complaints of headaches and/or stomach aches
- Unexplained bruises
Long-Term Effects of Bullying
Bullies create a constant fear in their victims. Some kids may:
- Lose all self-esteem
- Suffer from severe depression
- Could turn to drug and alcohol use
- Could start self harming
Some kids are so tormented that they use suicide as an alternative.
Kids and teens look to their parents for protection and advice. Many think bullying will toughen kids up or that it’s a right of passage. It used to be like that. Not anymore! Our kids are subjected to more than we ever were. It’s a different world today! We cannot allow our children to hurt from these senseless acts of empowerment from other kids who have learned this behavior.
And remember – what is learned can be unlearned.
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