Know the Signs that a Child is Being Bullied|
BEDFORD, Texas — As you and your child check off back-to-school supplies, don’t forget to add one thing to the emotional toolkit – how to deal with a bully.
In recent years there have been a number of sad cases across the nation and here close to home of tragic consequences of bullying. Yet many children are still afraid to share the information with their parents.
“Taking an active interest in children’s friendships and activities can make a difference in spotting signs of bullying early,” Ross Teemant, a licensed clinical social worker and clinical manager at Texas Health Springwood Hospital. “Monitoring your child’s behaviors and noticing subtle behavior shifts can be among the first signs of problems at school.”
The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services has identified possible warning signs that a child is being bullied. Those signs include:
The agency recommends that parents talk to their children first, asking subtle questions such as:
In the meantime, parents should intervene immediately, nurture empathy, teach friendship skills, and teach children to engage in energizing and constructive activities. Parents also should create opportunities to do good in the community and model that behavior with their children.
“Parents should teach children right and wrong and model behaviors that support that teaching,” Teemant said. “Work with children to create consequences and rewards for the actions they take after teaching them right from wrong.”
Parents also should watch for signs of other problems, such as depression, and share concerns with school counselors or administrators.
For more information, visit stopbullyingnow.hrsa.gov.
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