I still remember my son’s first day of school like it was just yesterday. Amigas, as you can imagine, it was un super emotional rollercoaster.
On one hand, I was excited because he was on his way to pave his academic path. Meanwhile, thoughts of him having to navigate this new chapter of his life terrified me a bit. Not because I didn’t want him to grow into his own person, with his own thoughts and desires, but because I know that the world is not always a kind place, and sometimes that can include classmates.
The persistence of bullying
We all know that bullying is well alive and that’s something I wouldn’t want my child to go through.
When I was younger, the word “bully” was starting to make its rounds for the first time. However, not a lot of emphasis was placed on it (which was terrible for my generation.)
So, it is good to know that there’s more visibility on bullying because having to endure negativity throughout your school years can have a domino effect on our children’s lives.
This is why it’s important to recognize the symptoms of bullying early, aside from unexpected visible injuries if any.
Read on to learn about some of these symptoms:
They exhibit moody irritability
Contrary to popular belief, a lot of children who are bullied don’t always get sad. Instead, some children will start lashing out for no reason. It’s important you ask them where these feelings are coming from before you judge them.
They may isolate themselves
Isolating and detaching themselves from environments that they used to love can be a symptom of bullying. You may find that they’ll spend more time alone than before and will not want to engage in much social interaction. Remember, school-age children don’t have a grasp on their emotions yet, so the way they manifest their concerns is different from adults.
Deterioration in academic performance
One of the big tell-tale signs is the decline of their academic performance. Oftentimes, children let us know something is wrong through the effort they are willing to put into school. So, make sure to ask them if their grades are due to the subject being difficult or if there’s something else distracting them.
Lacks interest in previously enjoyed activities
All children have different personalities and will go through so many stages as they grow. However, as a parent, we know (or should know) the things that they really enjoy doing. For example, if your son or daughter is someone who had a blast playing soccer, but out of nowhere (and this is key) they decide not to anymore, you want to ask them about it. Sure, kids get bored of activities, but usually it’s at a gradual pace.
Overall, pay attention to your child’s behaviors. At all times. It is so important nowadays, especially since bullying has moved to the internet as well. Giving your child to confide in you and trust can, ultimately, be life-saving.