Common Symptoms Bullying

Often a child will not tell an adult about bullying because they are embarrassed, feel ashamed, overwhelmed, and intimidated or are afraid that telling someone will make the matter worse. Adults should be on the lookout for any of the following common symptoms that may indicate that a child is being bullied:
  • Interference with learning (a drop in grades or desire to participate)
  • Depression, loneliness, anxiety, low self-esteem, more frequent illnesses
  • Fearful of participating in activities
  • Hesitant to go to school, ride the school bus, or use the bathroom at school
  • Withdrawn behavior
  • Unexplained cuts, bruises, or scratches
  • Comes home with torn, damaged, or missing pieces of clothing, books, or other belongings
Everyone has the responsibility to learn the signs of bullying. Everyone has the obligation to:
  • Intervene and stop bullying when they see it
  • Seek resolution
  • Help prevent any future re-occurrence