Bullying can happen in all kinds of situations. It can happen at school, as part of a sports team or club, or in your neighbourhood. Bullying can be physical, verbal, social, or even happen online. Regardless of what type of bullying is occurring, or where it is happening, recognizing bullying and what you can do to stop it are the same. Visit the Ministry of Education: Keeping Kids Safe from Bullying, Harassment and Intimidation web page for information about keeping kids safe from bullying, what bullying looks like, how to know if your child is bullying or being bullied, and how to make bullying stop.
Children who are being
bullied may be embarrassed and not want to talk about
it. Be aware of the signs that your child is being bullied so you can help
resolve the problem.
If your child is being bullied, he or she
Have physical injuries. Bruises, cuts, scrapes,
and scratches are common.
"Lose" items frequently. Bullying often
includes taking belongings or stealing lunch money or prepared lunches. Your
child may come home from school without favourite toys, clothes, or other items.
He or she may also come home very hungry from having missed lunch.
Sleep poorly and develop frequent headaches, stomachaches, and
other physical problems. Or your child may pretend to be sick or make other
excuses to avoid certain people or situations.
Cry frequently or
act differently. For example, a usually outgoing child may suddenly become
withdrawn and sad. A shy child may become overactive and
Not speak or show fear when certain people or
situations are mentioned.
Suddenly receive lower grades or develop
ByHealthwise Staff Primary Medical ReviewerSusan C. Kim, MD - Pediatrics Donald Sproule, MDCM, CCFP - Family Medicine Specialist Medical ReviewerFrederick P. Rivara, MD, MPH - Pediatrics Louis Pellegrino, MD - Developmental Pediatrics