Signs Your Daughter is Being Bullied

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Bullying

Signs it might be happening to your daughter

I would like to start this by describing what is first:

Bullying is an intentional, aggressive and repeated behavior that involves an imbalance of power or strength.

Bullying is NOT conflict, it is not a power struggle, and it is not something you just “ignore and it will go away.” Bullying should be taken seriously and it hurts . . . mentally, physically, and emotionally. So how do you know if your daughter is being bullied at school (or at home on the internet)?

Below are signs that usually point to bullying or at least a problem at school:

·         Seems afraid of going to school, walking, or taking the bus, or being a part of a group or organization at school

·         Finds or makes up excuses on why they cannot go to school, constantly

·         Appears sad, moody, or depressed when they return home from school

·         Complains frequently of stomach aches, headaches, etc with no medical reasoning behind it(it might be psychological)

·         Trouble sleeping or frequent bad dreams

·         Loss of appetite

·         Appears anxious and suffers from low self-esteem

This list is in no way exhaustive, but it is a start. If you suspect something is going on, talk with your child. It may not be bullying, but something else may be going on. That’s when you step in and ask questions. Always start with your daughter, before going to school officials.