BACK TO SCHOOL: How to spot a child being bullied — or bullying others
This year, the provincial government launched ERASE Bullying (Expect Respect and A Safe Education), a strategy to help parents intervene on behalf of, and support, their children.
If you notice any of the following warning signs, encourage your child to speak to you or another trusted adult:
Signs your child could be a victim of bullying:
•• Comes home with damaged or missing clothing or other belongings.
•• Has unexplained injuries.
•• Complains frequently of headaches, stomachaches or feeling sick.
•• Has trouble sleeping or has frequent bad dreams.
•• Has changes in eating habits.
•• Is afraid of going to school or doing other activities with peers.
•• Loses interest in school work or begins to do poorly in school.
•• Appears sad, moody, angry, anxious or depressed when they come home.
•• Suddenly has fewer friends
Signs your child could be bullying others:
•• Gets into physical or verbal fights with others.
•• Frequently gets sent to the principal’s office.
•• Has extra money or new belongings that cannot be explained
•• Is quick to blame others.
•• Has friends who bully others.
•• Needs to win or be the best at everything.