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How to spot the signs of bullying

school-bullyingYou may be unsure if your child is involved in a bullying incident. He or she could be acting as a bully, being bullied or upset because they have seen others behaving badly. If you suspect that your child is involved in bullying then look out for these signs:
broken or missing possessions
becoming withdrawn – not talking, or spending more time alone
changes in eating habits
changes in behavior – becoming aggressive at home
sleeping badly
complaining of headaches or stomach aches
wetting the bed
worrying about going to school
suddenly doing less well at school
But there could be other reasons for these signs, so try to avoid jumping to conclusions. Ask yourself the following questions:
Is there anything else bothering my child?
Have there been changes at home like a new baby, or divorce or separation?
If there has not been any other changes and you suspect bullying may be the cause of the distress and anxiety, it is important to try and act as early as you can. Please read our article on how to talk to your child about bullying for advice on doing this.