As a parent, you want your child to feel safe and secure at school. A large part of that security is being accepted by their peers. Although bullying is an old issue for school-aged children, technology has enabled the harassment to continue after the school day ends. The media has covered several instances of bullying in school and online that have resulted in tragic consequences for the victim. And believe it or not, children can experience bullying as early as preschool. If you suspect your child is facing some social challenges at school, you should look for some of the subtle signs your child is being bullied.
According to Parenting, experts define bullying as intentionally aggressive behavior which takes place over a period of time. This behavior can be in the form of verbal insults, physical aggression, or intentionally isolating the intended victim from the larger group. Not only can this behavior cause the victim to feel sad or lonely while it is happening, it can also have long-term effects on a child's self-esteem.
If your child is being bullied, he may either be unwilling or unable to tell you what's going on. Which is why it's important for you to watch for signs that he needs your help. Trouble sleeping, an unwillingness to go to school, and reluctance to share the details of his day, are just a few of the signs that you should look for. You can help your child cope by encouraging him to be brave, ignore the bully, and tell an adult, as Parenting suggests. You should also communicate with teachers and other parents, and enlist their help in keeping an eye on the situation.