Is Your Child Being Bullied?

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By Karen McNew McGuire on September 20, 2017

Fact Check: Behavior changes are a sign of bullying in children.


Many children may have had a chance to get settled into a school routine by now.  Some kids started school for the first time this year, while others may be ready to graduate soon.  No matter the age, bullying can have a lasting impact on a student.

We can probably all remember a time when we were teased or bullied by someone in school, but kids today have it twice as bad because of cyber bullying. And most of the time, children are too scared to tell their parents or teachers. 

How can you tell if your child is a victim of bullying? Thomas Milam, M.D., Carilion Clinic Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine, noted that open communication is key.  It is important to let your child know that you care about his or her school experiences. It is also important to maintain open communication with your child's teachers.

"Bullying makes children nervous, particularly if a child is threatened that they shouldn't tell anyone," Dr. Milam explained.

Signs of a Fearful Child

  • Isolation - Your child does not want to interact with others at home.
  • Eating habits - He or she may not want to eat much.
  • Sleeping - Your son or daughter may have trouble sleeping 

As you prepare to spend a little extra time together throughout the holiday season, this might be a great time to check in with your child to make sure everything is going well at school.

Learn more about what can be done to stop bullying.