Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Is Your Child Being Bullied?

Signs your child is being bullied by Dr. Michele Borba:

What are some signs your child is being bullied according to Dr. Borba?
  • Unexplained and reoccurring physical marks, cuts, bruises and scrapes
  • Unexplained loss or damage of toys, school supplies, electronic items, clothing, lunches, or money
  • Doesn’t want to go to school or other activities with peers
  • Fears riding the school bus
  • Afraid to be left alone: wants you there at dismissal, suddenly clingy
  • Suddenly sullen, withdrawn, evasive; remarks about feeling lonely
  • Marked changed in typical behavior or personality
  • Appears sad, moody, angry, anxious or depressed and that mood lasts with no known cause
  • Physical complaints; headaches, stomachaches, frequent visits the school nurse’s office
  • Change in eating or sleeping; nightmares, cries self to sleep, bed wetting
  • Begins bullying siblings or younger kids. Bullied children can sometimes flip their role and become the bully
  • Waits to get home to use the bathroom. School and park bathrooms-because they are often not adult supervised-can be hot spots for bullying.
  • Suddenly there are fewer friends or doesn’t want to be with the “regular group”
  • Ravenous when he comes home. (Bullies can use extortion to steal a victim’s lunch money or lunch)
  • Sudden drop in grades. Bullying can cause a child to have difficulty focusing and concentrating
  • Blames self for problems; noticeable decline in self-esteem; feels “not good enough”
  • Talks about feeling helpless or about suicide; runs away
Watch video above.

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