Special Report

20 Warning Signs Your Child May Be Getting Bullied at School

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16. No longer speaking up in class

A child may stop participating in class out of fear that no matter what they say they will be bullied. A 2010 study by the University of California at Los Angeles found that low achievement in school and bullying were linked. Teachers may sometimes misinterpret a child’s silence for lack of motivation to learn.

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17. Asking for extra lunch money

A child may come home hungry because a bully is stealing their food or lunch money. He or she may ask for extra cash to buy lunch or for extra food for lunch.

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18. Getting emotional when talking about school

Kids often don’t express themselves easily. About 64% of bullied children never reported the bullying, according to research. A child who is being bullied may often refuse to talk about what’s wrong for fear it may get worse. They may also fear retaliation, shame for being bullied, or that no one can help.

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19. Overattachment to or withdrawal from their phone

Change in online behavior is common when a child is being bullied online. Possible signs include closing the screen or hiding the phone when the parents are in the room, becoming upset after being online, suddenly avoiding any electronic devices, not wanting to go online anymore, or spending a long time online.

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20. Change in appearance

Kids who bully often pick on children who look different and that often means kids who dress differently. They may get picked on if they are not wearing the latest popular brands or just a current popular item. This puts a lot of pressure on kids, especially girls, to fit the mold, and they may respond by starting to change their appearance.