One in every four students report being bullied during the school year (Source: U.SA. DOE). As distributing as this statistic is, there’s an even more chilling one: over 60% of bullying cases go unreported.
Many children don’t report being bullied due to anxiety cause by fear of repercussion or embarrassment of parent intervention. This is why it’s important to pay attention to your child’s behavior, and if you notice signs of bullying, support your child through it.
Sometimes, bullying can be more subtle and protected by anonymity – take cyberbullying, for example . Harassing or emotionally harming has become much safer and more effective for modern day bullies via the internet.
Use the following guideline to help determine if your child is being bullied, and what you can do to help:
Signs of Bullying
Anxiety of difficulty sleeping
Decreasing interest in school or schoolwork
Has little to no friends with whom they regularly talk/spend time with
Participates in self-destructive thoughts or behavior, ranging from low self-esteem and anxiety to suicidal talk or attempts.
How to Help Your Child Out of Bullying
Ensure your child feels secure and loved at home
Be as understanding as possible with your child about what they’re going through and how they’d like it be handled.
Contact school officials immediately, and present all questions, concerns and/or evidence you may have about your child’s experiences.
Please note that these tips apply both to the bully and the bullied. Whether your child is the aggressor of the victim, seeking counseling and encouraging positive activities your child can engage in are highly recommended.