Signs Your Child May Be Getting Bullied
It is a sad, but unfortunate truth that bullying will always be a problem of educational institutions. To make matters even a lot worse, children who are being bullied often do not want to tell their parents or teachers about it. Naturally, as a parent, you want to know right away if the other kids at school are bullying your child. If your kid doesn’t want to be honest about it, you should know that there are indications you should be on the lookout for. You can start with the following signs your child may be getting bullied to get down to the bottom of things.
1. Know of the Most Common “Euphemisms” Kids being Bullied Use
There are several euphemisms that kids being bullied use. So if you ask your kid about his day at school, and he/she says things such as his/her classmates “messing around” or that his/her day was “full of drama,” this may already mean that bullying is happening. If these statements are uttered several times, then you should already ask your child more about it. Ask your child if “messing around” means someone getting physical with him/her.
2. Always Arriving from School Hungry
Is your child always famished when he/she gets home from school? If this is the case, it is likely that someone is either taking his/her food or lunch money. It is also possible that your kid is giving it away voluntarily because he/she wants to be better liked in school. The key to finding out the truth is asking your child non-direct questions such as who he/she sat down with at lunch, if he/she liked the food you prepared, or what he/her and his/her friends talked about.
3. Always Getting Home from School Late
While it may be more reassuring to think that coming home late from school means that your child hung out with his/her friends, this may already be a sign of bullying. It is possible that your kid did not want to take the bus or that he/she used a longer route to avoid being bullied. Whenever changes in your kid’s routine become apparent, and you feel uncomfortable, trust your instincts and dig deeper.