Bullying is more common than most parents realize. According to a study by the National Center for Education Statistics, nearly 20.8% of school students, between the ages of 12 and 18, experience some form of bullying at school—that’s one in every five school students!
Frequent bullying can have serious psychological effects on children. Victims of aggressive bullying are also at a much higher risk of developing mental health issues such as anxiety, depression and psychosomatic complications, according to research.
As a parent, you can play a key role in protecting the mental health and self-esteem of your child by addressing signs of bullying as early as possible.
Here are some prominent indicators of bullying:
1. Lack of interest:
Disinterest is an alarming sign of bullying. As bullying has the ability to disturb individuals on a psychological level, victims of bullying are likely to display a general lack of interest. You may notice your child losing interest in their hobbies or any activities they typically enjoy. A child subjected to bullying may also refuse to engage in their favorite sports or video games.
2. Decline in academic performance:
An estimated 33% of reported victims of bullying in the U.S indicated that they were bullied at least once or twice a month within the premises. On-campus bullying can make children reluctant to go to school, which leads to a decline in academic performance.
Adolescents are also likely to skip school altogether, if they’re subject to bullying frequently.
3. Social isolation and secretive behavior:
Lack of social interaction and secretive behavior is also one of the key signs of bullying. Acts of bullying leave victims traumatized, which makes it difficult for them to communicate their feelings and connect with others.
If your child has been avoiding family time and is exhibiting an unusually secretive behavior, they could be subjected to bullying.
4. Deteriorating health
Stress and anxiety associated with bullying can have physical side-effects, such as frequent headaches or stomachaches. Bullies at school could also be hurting your child physically. Consequently, you may notice inexplicable scrapes and bruises on parts of their body.
5. Obsession with devices
Rapid digitization and rise of social media has created more channels for bullying, and bullies could be using online platforms to reach and harass your child. More than 10% of students who reported bullying mention that the acts took place online or through text messages. If your child is being bullied through such outlets, you may notice a heavy cell phone usage and constant checking of devices in your children.
As parent, you may not be able to monitor all your child’s activities. However, you can keep tabs on their digital interactions through certain mobile tracking software, such as the one offered by Highster Mobile.
The hidden monitoring app can help parents detect early signs and symptoms of bullying by letting them have remote access to their children’s messages, call logs, videos, photos and location. In addition to being user-friendly, Highster Mobile’s application is also compatible with both iPhones and Androids, which makes it a convenient tracking option for parents.
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