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11 Warning Signs Your Child Is Being Bullied

by Lindsay Hutton

Recent tragic events in the news have again brought to light how serious and devastating bullying can be. Aside from physical abuse, bullying can also include verbal abuse (taunting, teasing, and name-calling), emotional abuse (making someone the subject of rumors, social exclusion, and intimidation), and cyberbullying (intimidation or harassment via text messaging or social media). According to the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, at least half of all school-aged children will experience some form of bullying in their lives, with 10 percent of children being bullied regularly. Your child may not tell you if he is being bullied, which makes it even more important to know the warning signs and take action.

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Physical Signs


Perhaps the most obvious sign that your child is being bullied are unexplained physical marks on his body, such as bruises, scrapes, and other injuries. Be aware if your child starts frequently wearing long-sleeves, even in warm weather, as this could be a sign that he is trying to cover something up.

Physical ailments such as headaches and stomachaches are other possible indicators. Take note if your child frequently visits the nurse with these symptoms. Stress and anxiety from bullying might be the cause.

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