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Signs of a child being bullied

26 Oct 2017 1:06 PM | Anonymous

Adults have a responsibility to make sure the children in their care are safe and happy. As much as we’d like to think we do a good job, it can often be the case that we miss something. Bullying is unfortunately more common than we’d like to believe and although we can sometimes catch it early and stop it in its tracks, there are unfortunately the times that we don’t.

Bullying can have a terrible impact on a child’s life and we need to make sure that we know the signs.

The following is a list of the possible warning signs we should be looking out for to determine if we think a child is being bullied and needs our support.

  • Unexplained physical marks, cuts, bruises and scrapes.
  • Unexplained loss of toys, schools supplies, clothing, lunches or money.
  • Doesn’t want to attend school or will not interact with peers when at school.
  • Often pretends to be ill in order to be sent home.
  • Afraid of going out of classroom during recess and lunch. Will often ask to stay in and do ‘jobs’ for the teacher.
  • Suddenly becomes clingy and wants to sit near to the teacher at all times.
  • Sullen, withdrawn, evasive or makes remarks about being lonely.
  • A sudden change in typical behaviour.
  • Appears to be sad, moody, angry, anxious or depressed for an extended period of time.
  • Attending school tired and reports from parents about difficulty sleeping, nightmares, bed wetting etc.
  • Begins unprovoked bullying of younger students.
  • Suddenly has fewer friends or doesn’t want to be involved with their regular group of friends.
  • Sudden and significant drop in academic achievement.
  • Describes themselves as “not good enough”.
  • Reports of running away from home.
  • Makes comments about feeling helpless or talks about suicide.

As a teacher, we know our kids and part of our job is to teach them that bullying will not be tolerated. We also need to let them know that if they are scared, upset or hurt then we can be trusted and can help.

The link below is an article about a teacher who made a massive impact on her students in a very simple way. Please have a read, carry out the experiment yourself and see how your students react.



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