Bullying: The Warning Signs and Types of Bullying That You Should Watch Out For
Bullying is an aggressive, intentional, and repeated behavior that is used to intimidate and hurt others. It is common among school aged children and try as we might, it can be difficult to prevent. As a parent, you would naturally want to protect your children against bullying, however, it can be unavoidable at times.
Children tend to keep their experiences to themselves, particularly if they are being bullied at school. This is why it is important for you to watch out for the signs that they are being bullied. As a concerned Behavioral Health service provider, Better Home Healthcare of GA has compiled this list of bullying signs that you should take note of.
Bullying: The Warning Signs
Here are some possible signs that your children may be bullied and that they need your support. While these signs could indicate other problems, it is still important for you to look into them further.
- Unexplained bruises, cuts, and other physical marks and injuries
- Suffers from low self-esteem
- Appears anxious
- Sudden refusal to go to school or making up excuses so they don’t have to go
- Unexplained loss of money, clothing, lunch, and school supplies
- Sudden withdrawal, sadness, and moodiness
- Refusal to let you see their social media (they do this so that you don’t have to see any mean comments or posts made about them)
- Frequent headaches and stomachaches (the fear and anxiety of being bullied can lead to these)
- Difficulties in sleeping
- Refusal to take part in organized activities with peers
- Afraid of or refusal to ride the school bus
- Significant and sudden drop in grades
- Experiences a loss of appetite
Types of Bullying
These days, bullying is not limited to physical altercations anymore. With the rise of the Internet and social media, other forms of bullying have started to rise as well. Here are some of the most common types of bullying:
- Physical (hitting, kicking, punching, beating)
- Verbal (name calling, threats, teasing, rude comments)
- Emotional (blackmail, social exclusion, threats)
- Cyberbullying (hate messages, mean comments, online harassment, rude editing of pictures, and other digital abuse)
If you suspect that your children are victims of bullying, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Better Home Healthcare of GA for professional help. We have Bullying Prevention services wherein we educate them about bullying, how to fight against it, and how they can cope with bullies. We also educate parents on how they can identify signs of bullying and what to do to help their children.
For further details, you may contact us at 678-547-3946. Our friendly representatives will be happy to fill you in with more details.