How can I tell if my child is being bullied?
Your child may be the victim of bullying if he or she:
*Comes home from school with torn or dirty clothing, or damaged books
*Has cuts, bruises, or scratches
*Has few, if any, friends to play with
*Seems afraid to go to school, or complains of headaches or stomach pains
*Doesn't sleep well or has bad dreams
*Loses interest in schoolwork
*Seems sad, depressed, or moody
*Is anxious or has poor self-esteem
*Is quiet, sensitive, or passive
If your child shows several of these warning signs, it's possible he or she is being bullied. You may want to talk with your child to find out what is troubling him or her, and schedule a conference to discuss your concerns with school staff.
How can I tell if my child is bullying others?
Your child may be bullying others if he or she:
*Teases, threatens, or kicks other children
*Is hot-tempered or impulsive, or has a hard time following rules
*Is aggressive towards adults
*Is tough or shows no sympathy for children who are bullied
*Has been involved in other antisocial behavior, such as vandalism or theft
If your child shows several of these warning signs, it's possible that he or she is bullying others. You may want to spend some extra time talking with your child about his or her behavior, and schedule a conference to talk about the issue with school staff.
For more information about Neshaminy's Bullying Prevention Programs, please contact Ms. Peggy Gale at 215-809-6514.