About 20% of students ages 12 to 18 experience bullying each year in the United States, but oftentimes the warning signs go unnoticed or unreported until it’s too late. In light of National Bullying Prevention Month, here are some ways parents can tell if their children are being bullied or may be the bully themselves.
Signs Your Child May be a Victim of Bullying
While your child may not feel comfortable talking to you about their experiences with bullying on their own, there are some social cues and changes that may suggest that they are struggling. If you notice any of the following changes in behavior or appearance, your child may be a victim of bullying by their peers:
Your child returns from school with damaged or missing belongings
They have unexplained cuts and bruises
Your child has little to no friends that they spend time with
They seem afraid or apprehensive to go to school or participate in school activities
They make excuses not to go to school
There is a sudden decline in their academic performance
Your chile appears upset or moody when returning from school
They frequently experience headaches and stomachaches
They have a sudden loss of appetite
They suffer from low self-esteem
Signs Your Child May be the Bully
With such shockingly high statistics, there are also students who are the ones doing the bullying. If you notice any of the following behaviors, your child may be the aggressor:
Your child exhibits aggressive behavior toward you, teachers, and other adults
They are easily frustrated and are hot-tempered
Your child tests limits and often breaks the rules
They have a positive view of violence
Your child demonstrates a need to be dominant and to win
They show little sympathy
Seeking Help at Tapestry
If you believe your child may be struggling with their mental health due to bullying, seeking help is the first step toward developing healthy coping mechanisms. At Tapestry, our treatment programs are dedicated to understanding our clients as whole people with varied life experiences.
Whether you have questions about mental health or how to support your child who may be struggling with their mental health, we are here for you. Contact us today by filling out a confidential form or give us a call at (828) 490-4032.