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Bully Awareness in neisd - Helping kids deal with bullies

As a parent it is important to stay educated on signs of bullying, even if your child is not being bullied. Your awareness could help another child deal with this nationwide problem. Listed below are a few signs that could indicate your child is being bullied.

 

Signs of Bullying

Disclaimer: The following MAY be indicators that your child is being bullied.

Unless your child tells you about bullying, or has visible bruises or injuries, it can be difficult to figure out if it's happening.
• anxiousness
• not eating
• not sleeping well
• moodier or more easily upset than usual
• they start avoiding certain situations, like taking the bus to school

Communication Is Key

If you suspect bullying but your child is relucatanct to discuss it, find opportunities to bring up the issue. You might see something on TV and use it as a conversation starter, asking "What do you think of that?" or "What do you think that person should have done?"During these conversations you might also ask, "Have you ever seen this happen?" or "Have you ever experienced this?" Discuss with your child any similar situations you may have had at their age.

Let your kids know it's important to talk to someone about it, whether it's you, another adult (a teacher, school counselor, or family friend), or a sibling. If your child tells you about a bully, remain calm. Praise your child for being brave enough to talk about it. Focus on offering support and advice. There are several reasons that kids are reluctant to talk about bullying. Many feel embarrassed, ashamed, or worry that their parents will be disappointed. Some kids feel like it is their fault, or worry about repercussions from the bully for "tattling" on them.

As upsetting as bullying can be for you and your family, lots of people and resources are available to help.