If your child is caught in a bully situation it can be very difficult for all involved. The following is a list of questions you should ask, you may find your child on both sides of these questions.
Is your Child Being Bullied?
- Has your child lost the desire to go to school or other activities with peers?
- Are they afraid of riding the school bus? Have they had a sudden and significant drop in grades? (Bullying can cause a child to have difficulty focusing and concentrating.)
- Suddenly sullen, withdrawn, evasive; do they make remarks about feeling lonely or “not good enough”?
- Do they appear sad, moody, angry, anxious or depressed? Does the mood last with no known cause or change in typical behavior and personality?
- Do they have difficulty sleeping, nightmares, or cries self to sleep,? Bed wetting or change in eating habits?
- Have they begun bullying siblings or younger kids? (Bullied children can sometimes flip their role and become the bully.)
- Have they suddenly had fewer friends or don’t want to be with the “regular group”.
Could Your Child Be The Bully?
- They refuse to include certain kids in play or study.
- They are very concerned about being and staying popular.
- They can be aggressive, even towards adults.
- They like pushing around and teasing other children.
- They are smooth talkers in tough situations.
- They dominate and manipulate people and situations.
- They show little sympathy towards others who are bullied.