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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.
  • 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.