The signs of bullying

Upset blonde girl sitting on a high chair

Children do not always ask directly for help or discuss their concerns openly. When bullying is involved, they may feel at fault or anticipate that there will be negative repercussions if they tell an adult.

Changes in a child's behaviour and body language cannot indicate for certain that bullying is happening. However, the following signs will certainly tell you that something may be wrong. 

  • Unexplained injuries;
  • Lost or broken possessions;
  • Low self-esteem;
  • A loss of friends;
  • Withdrawing from social situations;
  • Change in attitude or behaviour;
  • Difficulty sleeping or bed wetting;
  • Truanting or feigning sickness;
  • Declining grades and a lack of interest in school;
  • Self-destructive behaviour;
  • Refusal to talk about what is wrong.

Related advice 

For parents

Supporting a bullied child
Reporting to the school
Taking further action

For young people

Dealing with bullying
Dealing with cyber bullying
Where can I get help? 

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