Bullying can affect children of any age. White it’s quite common, it’s not always easy to spot. Even the most vocal, outspoken youths may not be comfortable opening up when they’re being bullied. An article published by Stopbullying.gov in 2014 reported that 83% of girls, and 79% of boys report being bullied either in school or online. It’s especially important for parents to be on the lookout for common signs their child could be a victim of bullying.
As a renowned bullying prevention expert, Jesse Bernal of Colorado Martial Arts Academy in Aurora has helped pen a best-selling book on the topic and is committed to providing area families with the resources they need to keep kids confident and safe. Here, he sheds light on some of the possible signs indicating children are being bullied:
It’s not unusual for “tweens” (kids aged 8 to 12) and teenagers to experience mood swings. A sharp increase in moodiness, is reason to take note. If you notice frequent emotional outbreaks over things that didn’t previously irritate your child, it could be an indication there’s something else impacting their mood.
A sudden decline in academic performance or rapid loss of interest in studies and school in general, could mean there’s something on your child’s mind. If they’re being bullied, it’s essential to get to the bottom of it for their emotional, mental, and physical well-being.
Secretive With Social Media
Bullying prevention experts know social media platforms are among the most common channels through which harassment takes place.
Nobullying.com reports that 52% of school aged kids polled experienced bullying online and through social media. The same study also reported that 52% of kids did not tell their parents it was happening.
If you’ve noticed your child becoming increasingly private with their phone or computer, it could be a sign they’re receiving bullying messages.
A lack of interest in social interaction is a definite cause for concern. This is especially true if your child no longer wishes to partake in activities with their friends.
The first step in remedying a bullying issue is being able to identify it. Through self confidence building martial arts education to helping youths protect themselves in worst-case scenarios, Mr. Bernal is dedicated to doing everything he can to give his local community the tools they need to end bullying.