Signs of bullying
Each individual student who has been bullied or is bullying others will respond and act differently. A student's behaviours and moods can also change for a variety of reasons. However, the following are some signs that may indicate a student is experiencing bullying:
Signs a teacher might notice: (click to expand)
- becomes aggressive and unreasonable
- starts getting into fights
- refuses to talk about what is wrong
- school grades begin to fall.
Sometimes bullying can be less obvious. Signs could include: (click to expand)
- student is often alone or excluded from friendship groups at school
- student is a frequent target for teasing, mimicking or ridicule at school
- change in the student's ability or willingness to speak up in class and appears insecure or frightened.
Signs a parent might report: (click to expand)
- doesn't want to go to school
- changes their method or route to school or are frightened of walking to school
- changes in sleep patterns
- changes in eating patterns
- frequent tears, anger, mood swings
- unexplained bruises, cuts, scratches
- missing or damaged belongings or clothes
- arriving home hungry.