A school should be a safe space of learning and sharing knowledge but to many children across the world a coming to school. Bullying can have a wide spectrum of effects on a student including anger, depression, stress and suicide. Additionally, the bully can develop different social disorders or have a higher chance of engaging in criminal activity.
Experts say a child who is a victim of bullying often comes home in disarray; sometimes with torn clothes or damaged books. It also happens when children come home with cuts and scratches, but can’t give a logical explanation for how they got them. Other signs include refusal to go to school in the morning, stomach complains, bad dreams and social isolation. In the worst case scenario, victims of bullying show unexpected mood shifts, irritability, and sudden outbursts of temper. The most frequent outcome of all this, is loss of interest in work and a plummeting of school grades.
How to help victims
If you suspect that your child is being bullied, talk to them about school. See if they become agitated or if they try to change the subject. Let them know that you are there to help them. Empower your child to talk to their teacher or the school principal about the bullying. If your child talks to the teacher and principal but the bullying does not stop, it’s time for you to take action. Do not treat bullying as a natural part of growing up or believe that it will all work itself out eventually. Bullying is a serious situation and the helplessness it engenders even causes some children to resort to extreme measures as suicide. Stay actively involved with your child’s school and constantly talk to your child. If you notice signs of depression, seek out the services of a counselor or therapist.
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