October is National Bullying Prevention Month

Signs a child may be bullied

  • Unexplainable injuries.
  • Lost or destroyed clothing, books, electronics or jewelry.
  • Frequent headaches or stomach aches, feeling sick or faking illness.
  • Changes in eating habits, like suddenly skipping meals or binge eating. Kids may come home from school hungry because they did not eat lunch.
  • Difficulty sleeping or frequent nightmares.
  • Declining grades, loss of interest in schoolwork, or not wanting to go to school.
  • Sudden loss of friends; avoidance of social situations.
  • Feelings of helplessness or decreased self esteem.
  • Self-destructive behaviors such as running away from home, harming themselves, or talking about suicide.

Signs a child may be bullying others

  • Gets into physical or verbal fights
  • Has friends who bully others Is increasingly aggressive
  • Is sent to the principal’s office or to detention frequently
  • Has unexplained extra money or new belongings
  • Blames others for his/her problems
  • Doesn’t accept responsibility for his/her actions
  • Is competitive, worries about his/her reputation or popularity

Learn more at http://www.stopbullying.gov/index.html.

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