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Sunday, April 22, 2012

Bullying Awareness

Bullying has become a big problem in this country.  There are many kinds of bullying from cyberbullying to bullying people with special needs and more.

Not all children show warning signs of bullying but here are some warning signs that may show that your child is being bullied:

- Unexplainable injuries
- Lost or destroyed clothing, books, electronics, or jewelry
- Frequent headaches or stomach aches, feeling sick or faking illness
- Changes in eating habits, like suddenly skipping meals or binge eating. Kids may come home from school hungry because they did not eat lunch.
- Difficulty sleeping or frequent nightmares
- Declining grades, loss of interest in schoolwork, or not wanting to go to school
- Sudden loss of friends or avoidance of social situations
- Feelings of helplessness or decreased self esteem
- Self-destructive behaviors such as running away from home, harming themselves, or talking about suicide

For more information on bullying, including how you can help your child if they are being bullied, visit these web sites:

Bullying: It's Not OK (American Academy of Pediatrics)

Helping Kids Deal with Bullies (Nemours Foundation)

Avoiding Bullying (American Academy of Pediatrics)

Cyberbullying (National Crime Prevention Council)

Bullying (MedlinePlus Health Topic)

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