When it comes to weight bullying and just bullying in general it can be difficult to stop childhood bullying because the fear and anxiety that it instills in children makes them too afraid to come forward and tell someone that they are being bullied. As a parent, it is your job to be observant and watch for signs that your child has been or is being bullied in school. The unfortunate truth is that when most children are asked why they did not go to an adult for help their answers include some of the following:
- They tried and no one believed them.
- They were too embarrassed.
- They were afraid their parent would just make it worse.
- They did not think it would help/change anything.
It is important for teachers and parents to work together to be aware of the situation and figure out how to stop childhood bullying because it can cause severe emotional problems that can damage a child’s mental health and self-esteem. Regardless of if the bullying is verbal, physical, or emotional it can cause a lot of long-term damage. Some of the most common warnings signs that your child is being bullied include:
- The unexplained loss of schools supplies, lunch, money, toys, or other possessions.
- Fear of riding the school bus or just going to school in general.
- Sudden clinginess and fear of being left on their own.
- Mood appears angry, anxious, depressed, and sad.
- Frequent physical complaints including stomachaches and headaches that result in constant trips to the nurse’s office.
- Trouble sleeping including nightmares and bed wetting. In extreme cases, they may even start crying themselves to sleep.
- Begins to blame themselves for everything and claims that they are not good enough to do anything.
- Stops using the bathroom while they are at school because bathrooms are one of the most common places for children to be bullied in school.
- A sudden change in their eating habit.
10. An unexplained and sudden change in their mood, personality, and/or physical behaviors.
For a lot of reasons it is common for children to avoid telling their parents (or anyone) that they are being bullied. That is why it is important for you to say something and do something if you think your child is being bullied at school. You need to start by bringing the situation to the attention of your child’s school.