Stop Bullying — Protecting Your Kids

Kids who are being bullied do not always speak up and ask for help. For this reason, it is important for parents, teachers and even friends to notice warning signs that a child is being bullied or bullying others. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, only a third of students who were bullied went to an adult for help. Paying attention to the warning signs that a child is being bullied or bullying others is the first step in a plan to stop bullying.

Bullied girl walks away from 3 girls

Know the Warning Signs

If your child is being bullied, you may notice some of the signs listed below. A child may:

  • Begin to “lose” or “break” personal items such as clothing, jewelry and electronics for no reason
  • Have injuries that they cannot explain
  • Have nightmares or trouble sleeping
  • Show changes in eating habits — skipping meals or binge eating
  • Fake illnesses to avoid going to school, their grades may fall or they may have lost interest in school work

If your child is the one doing the bullying, this is a very different problem. You may notice behavior such as:

  • Getting into fights, both verbal and physical
  • Becoming increasingly aggressive
  • Getting into trouble at school
  • Being in possession of new belongings or extra money they cannot explain
  • Blaming others for their problems

It is important to let your child know you listen to them and they can come to you with concerns. Encourage your children to speak up if they are being bullied or see others being bullied. A great resource to help children understand bullying and how to stop it are webisodes offered on These short videos are full of good subject matter to discuss with your children.

Bullying can lead to serious issues like depression, anxiety and poor school performance. Kids who are bullied are more likely to skip, miss or drop out of school. If you notice bullying behavior speak up, even if you are not sure. If you respond fast and consistently to bullying it will send a message to children that the behavior is not okay. Bullying is wrong and it is up to all of us to fight it.

Denver Health Medical Plan Staff Writer

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