You suddenly realize that your child, who used to wake up every morning looking forward to going to school, is reluctant to even get out of bed now. Yes, assault or bullying is no joke and when you suspect it is happening to your kid, there are definite signs you can watch out for and take action accordingly. In this article, we will be talking about a few signs of bullying in school. When the child refuses to go to school, you should look for these signs. Should you see any of these, please do talk to your kid and school management.
Bullying or assault on your kid at such a young age can have devastating effects in his life. So as a parent you are bound to ensure that you take necessary and timely steps to ensure his or her safety.
Note: While some kids are very expressive about what is happening in their day-to-day lived in school and otherwise, it is the timid and reserved kids that often face the brunt.
1Lack of focus
One of the detrimental effects of bullying or assault is that your child loses his focus and concentration on everything. His grades start to fall and the once very bright child starts getting average or below average results. And this doesn’t happen gradually over time. It happens abruptly.
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2Starts being afraid
Another thing you should keep a look out for is that an assaulted child starts becoming afraid, especially of being alone. He prefers to be in the company of parents or someone he knows and trusts and would not want to be left alone or with a stranger. In short, he starts getting anxious or stranger anxiety.
3Unexplained marks on the body
When your child is being bullied and/or assaulted, there is a good chance that there would be unexplained marks on his body. Marks like bruises, cuts, scrapes etc. And there is also a good possibility that your child may try to hide it with a lie that it happened because of falling down etc. Gather the facts first in that case first.
4Flipping of role with siblings
With kids, there is a tendency of monkey see monkey do and victims of bullying and assault usually flip their roles when they are at home. They would try to show the same behavior with their siblings and become bullies to them. They do this in order to gain authority and confidence that they lose to the bullies in school.
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5Sudden shifts in mood
A bullied and/or assaulted kid will often have unexplained and sudden changes in mood. He may suddenly appear extremely sad at one point and extremely happy the other.
Often times they may also be depressed and may not want to socialize. All these are unexplained shifts in mood that happen mostly because there is something not right going on that we, as parents, may not be aware of.
6Lack of sleep or excessive sleep
With a child who is bullied, one of the two things can happen, he will either sleep excessively, wanting to avoid contact with anyone or he will be scared of sleeping with the fear that someone might harm him. They get worried about facing the bully in school, so he may even wake up several times during the night.
7Change in friendships
Every child has friends in school and the best friends for the younger children keep changing every day. While change in friends is but normal, you should keep a look out for when he starts eating his lunch alone, stops talking to his old friends and just wants to keep away from everyone in school.
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While these are only some of the signs that your child is exhibiting certain behavior, you should also look out for other signs like
- When your child blames himself for all his problems.
- When there is a shift in his eating habits.
- When he has nightmares or cries to sleep etc.
Bullying or assault is not a joke and should never be taken lightly. Please take necessary steps to ensure the safety and protection of your little one.
Did you suspect your child of being assaulted or bullied? What did you do? What behavior did your child exhibit? Share your experience with us.