Bullying is anything that is considered aggressive behavior that occurs over time and repeatedly. Bullying can be done by making threats, causing injury both verbally or physically, spreading vicious rumors, or intentionally excluding your child from activities or from a group. Your child may be experiencing one of these things at school, and you may not see the signs that she is being bullied. See below for signs to look for in your child and what you can do to help.
Note that your child may not exhibit any of these behaviors, but if you notice even any subtle changes in their behavior, take notice and be sure to talk to your child about bullying.
How You Can Help:
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, all children involved should be supported. Whether the child is the bully or the victim, these children should all be supported in order to help stop the problem from happening again to another child, as well as decrease any negative effects. See below for tips on how to help your child if you notice any of the signs above in your child.
When dealing with a bullied child, remember that she may not want to discuss the bullying. Keep trying to open up communication about the problem and tell her that you are there to talk about it when she needs it. Do not ignore the situation; get your child the help she needs so this does not become an ongoing problem or deteriorate your child's self esteem. Watch for signs and get help.
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