I just got back from the 9NEWS TV studio in Denver and wanted to share with you the piece we did on bullying.
Here’s the link to the video clip of the show…it’s only 3 minutes long…but packed with critical info on bullying: http://www.9news.com/video/default.aspx?bctid=1808390606001
With the new school year just getting underway, kids need to be prepared with more than just a new outfit and a shiny backpack! Parents also need to be aware of the subtle signs of bullying and what they should do if they suspect a bullying problem.
Bullying is a problem that has been around forever…but the effects on our children seem to have intensified, especially with texting and social media available to the bullies.
How to recognize if your child is being bullied
–>KUSA – Denver Public Schools started back on Monday. Even though many kids are excited to see friends who were gone over the summer, some children are dreading returning to school due to bullying.
So, how do you know if your child is being bullied if they won’t tell you? Vivian Kirkfield joined 9NEWS at 8 a.m. on Monday to discuss some warning signs that your child may be a victim of a bully.
“There are a couple of subtle signs, and some not-so-subtle,” Kirkfield said. “One of them would be a child coming home scratched or bruised. Another might be a child coming home with belongings missing, like their new bookbag is gone, a jacket or some of their books perhaps.”
Kirkfield says another sign may be your child not wanting to take the bus to school or are walking a different route to school. But the signs may not just be from your child returning or going to school. The issues may permeate into family relations also.
“Maybe they always gotten along with siblings and now, all of the sudden, they are fighting with brothers and sisters,” Kirkfield said. “Maybe they are having trouble sleeping … or bad dreams.”
Kirkfield says sudden complaints of health conditions like a headache or a stomach ache may be a sign too.
“Although all of those symptoms could be caused by other problems, a parent really needs to be sensitive to it and act upon it,” Kirkfield said.
A lot of times, a school will notice a problem on a playground and give parents a heads up. However, if that’s not the case, how does a parent confront their kid about possible bullying?
“Most of the time, children do not want to talk about the bullying because either they’re embarrassed or they’re afraid,” Kirkfield said. “Maybe they’ve been told ‘I’m really going to beat you up,’ or ‘kill your brother.’ Parents can speak with their child and ask direct questions such as ‘Is somebody bothering you at school?’ And ask indirect questions such as ‘Is there anybody at school you don’t like?'”
Kirkfield says a child might be much more willing to talk about something like that than to come straight out and admit they are being bullied.
“Even after your child doesn’t come out and say it … definitely talk to the school staff,” Kirkfield said. “Talk with your child’s teacher, with the child’s principal, guidance counselor, because they are there. Police really need to form that connection with the school early on, even if there isn’t a problem with bullying.”
Kirkfield says parents need to stay involved in their child’s school.
- School must enforce a “No-Bullying” policy (tina7serrano.wordpress.com)
- Bullying – It can happen to anyone! (crookschronicles.wordpress.com)
- Prevent Your Child From Being Bullied This School Year (stlouis.cbslocal.com)
- The Warning Signs Of Bullying (dfw.cbslocal.com)
- Talking To Your Kids About Bullying (tampa.cbslocal.com)
- Education Dept., KCSL Launch Hotline To Stop Bullying (wibw.com)