Signs of bullying include1,2,3:
- Depression, loneliness, or anxiety
- Low self-esteem
- Headaches, stomachaches, tiredness, or poor eating habits
- Missing school, disliking school, or having poorer school performance than previously
- Self-destructive behaviors, such as running away from home or inflicting harm on oneself
- Thinking about suicide or attempting to commit suicide
- Unexplained injuries
- Lost or destroyed clothing, books, electronics, or jewelry
- Difficulty sleeping or frequent nightmares
- Sudden loss of friends or avoidance of social situations
- Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. (2010). Taking a stand against bullying. Retrieved June 17, 2016, from http://www.nichd.nih.gov/news/resources/spotlight/Pages/092110-taking-stand-against-bullying.aspx
- U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. (n.d.). Who is at risk? Warning signs. Retrieved June 17, 2016, from http://www.stopbullying.gov/at-risk/warning-signs/index.html
- American Academy of Pediatrics. (2012). Health issues: School avoidance. Retrieved June 17, 2016, from http://www.healthychildren.org/English/health-issues/conditions/emotional-problems/Pages/School-Avoidance.aspx
Who is affected and how many are at risk for bullying?
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What can be done to help someone who is being bullied?