Signs a child is being bullied or bullying others

Signs a child is being bullied.

Look for changes in the child. However, be aware that not all children who are bullied exhibit warning signs.

  • Unexplainable injuries
  • Lost or destroyed clothing, books, electronics, or jewelry
  • Frequent headaches or stomach aches, feeling sick or faking illness
  • Changes in eating habits, like suddenly skipping meals or binge eating. Kids may come home from school hungry because they did not eat lunch.
  • Difficulty sleeping or frequent nightmares
  • Declining grades, loss of interest in schoolwork, or not wanting to go to school
  • Sudden loss of friends or avoidance of social situations
  • Feelings of helplessness or decreased self esteem
  • Self-destructive behaviors such as running away from home, harming themselves, or talking about suicide
    • If you know someone in serious distress or danger, don’t ignore the problem. Get help right away.

Signs a child is bullying others.

  • Get into physical or verbal fights
  • Have friends who bully others
  • Are increasingly aggressive
  • Get sent to the principal’s office or to detention frequently
  • Have unexplained extra money or new belongings
  • Blame others for their problems 
  • Don’t accept responsibility for their actions
  • Are competitive and worry about their reputation or popularity