Did you know that one out of every five students report being bullied? This according to the National Center for Educational Statistics. October is National Bully Prevention Month, and although many students aren’t returning to schools this semester, many can still be victims of bullying. There are many different types of bullying, such as verbal, physical, emotional, sexual, cyberbullying, and racist bullying.
Bullying can cause physical injuries, and also impact one’s mental health. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), students who experience any form of bullying are at an increased risk of anxiety, depression, sleep difficulties, lower academic achievement, and dropping out of school.
Below are a couple of helpful tips for parents and their children, thanks to the STOMP Out Bullying Organization. Their mission is to reduce and prevent all types of bullying, and educates against LGBTQ+ discrimination, racism, and hatred.
HOW TO KNOW IF YOUR CHILD IS BEING BULLIED/ CYBERBULLIED
If your child displays any of the below signs, they may be a victim of bullying and/or cyberbullying:
- Your child seems afraid about riding the bus, going to school, or attending extracurricular activities.
- Your child comes home with damaged, torn, or missing clothes, supplies, or other belongings.
- Has lost interest in school work and/or begins to do poorly in class.
- Gets nervous and scared when they receive a text message, social media notification, or call.
- Show changes in their eating and/or sleeping habits.
- Suffers from low self-esteem.
WHAT TO DO IF YOUR CHILD IS BEING BULLIED
Instead of asking your child if they’re being bullied, ask the following questions to start a bigger conversation.
- “Did you make any new friends this year? Who are they?”
- “Who do you sit with at lunch?”
- “Is there anyone picking on you?”
After discussing with your child, it’s best to take your concerns to their teachers, since they have a bigger understanding of your child’s relationship with their peers. Putting an end to bullying is a team effort, and everyone can help by being an ally to someone who is being bullied.