Children are lively individuals and they like to have fun, especially amongst their peers. So if your child is not having fun as expected, or you notice a sudden decline in your child’s mood and health – especially if they’re withdrawn – they may be a victim of bullying.
As a parent, you have to be sensitive to warning signs of bullying. Because if they go unchecked, they can create a recipe for danger. Keep reading to discover the common signs of bullying at school that are a recipe for danger.
4 Signs of Bullying: A Recipe for Danger
1. Unexplained Injuries
As a parent, it is unsettling to see your child suffer in the hands of another, regardless of whether the other person is a child or an adult. if your child comes home with unexplained injuries that weren’t there when he/she was heading to school in the morning, there is a high probability that your child is being bullied. (Keep in mind that bullying can happen anywhere – on social media, at the park, the mall, the movie theater, the skate park, or even at church.)
Unexplained injuries are a clear sign that the bullying has escalated from heated arguments to physical combat. if this continues, your child will not feel safe in school. At the end of the day, he/she will become timid and secretive, and you’ll have trouble connecting him/her. Unexplained injuries may also be a sign of abuse, or of self-harm. It’s important to get to the bottom of this immediately, and don’t be afraid to get the school officials and teachers involved.
2. Avoidance of Social Situations (i.e., Sudden Loss of Friends)
If your child used to have friends but starts keeping to him/herself with little tolerance for social events, this is a clear sign that something is wrong. They may be a victim of bullying. Perhaps they’re feeling pressure from friends, or they may be feeling depression. If they rebel and withdraw completely from their friends and family, they need your support and unconditional love.
If you don’t take quick actions, it can create a recipe for danger. When your child comes back from school, make it a habit to inquire about his/her day, most especially their time spent with school friends. That way, if something is wrong, you’ll be the first to know.
Having open communication with your child without judgement or an overprotective nature is a way to ensure you can trust them and they can trust you.
3. Declining Grades
Bullying affects every area of a child’s health, including emotions, comprehension, learning, and appetite. So if you notice a sudden decline in your child’s grades, don’t jump into the conclusion that he/she is playing too much in school. Instead, ask your child, if anyone is making him/her uncomfortable in school. Don’t rush the question; if your child is a victim, it’ll take some time to admit it. In addition, pay attention to your child’s eating habits. If they have drastically changed, this may be a red flag and part of a recipe for danger.
4. Decreased Self-Esteem
Confidence is a natural trait of a happy child, so if you notice a sudden decline in your child’s confidence or self-esteem, it may be a clear sign of trouble. If your child is always demanding constant “alone” time, not wanting to play with friends and family, or always facing the floor – all these are clear signs of trouble. In all probability, your child is being bullied in school and has resolved to keep a low profile to avoid trouble. As mentioned above, childhood depression is a recipe for danger, and it may go hand-in-hand with decreased self-esteem due to bullying.
Children that are bullied typically display recognizable patterns. If you are sensitive as a parent, you’ll recognize these patterns. So look out for these signs in your child to protect him/her from bullies.