Signs & Symptoms

Print

 

Signs and Symptoms of a Bullied Child

A lot of children will not speak up if they are being bullied so it is important to be able to identify a bullied child. You should be aware of these signs with your child or students and investigate further if anyone shows any of these symptoms:

  • is afraid of walking to and from school
  • doesn't want to go on the school/public bus
  • begs to be driven to school
  • changes their usual routine
  • is unwilling to go to school
  • becomes withdrawn, anxious, or lacking in confidence
  • stammers a lot when talking
  • attempts or threatens suicide or runs away
  • cries at night or has nightmares
  • feels ill in the morning and says they are sick
  • comes home with clothes torn or books damaged or missing possessions
  • has unexplained cuts or bruises
  • becomes aggressive, disruptive, or unreasonable
  • starts bullying other children or siblings
  • is frightened to say what's wrong when asked
  • does not want to use the Internet
  • is nervous and/or jumpy when a cyber message is received

Signs and Symptoms of a Cyberbullied Child

As with regular bullying, a lot of children will not speak up if they are a victim of cyberbullying so it is important to be able to identify one. This is a serious issue and should be addressed as soon as you become aware of any of these signs with your child or students and investigate further if anyone shows any of these symptoms:

  • long hours on the computer
  • closes windows on their computer when you enter the room
  • is secretive about Internet activities
  • says they are doing homework on the computer but are actually behind in their school work
  • won't say who they are talking to
  • you may find unexplained pictures on the computer
  • trouble sleeping
  • stomach and headaches, unexplainable crying, feeling sick
  • lack of interest at social events that include other kids 
  • lowered self-esteem

Bullying can lead to depression and low self-esteem. He or she may begin to feel worthless, which can ultimately lead to depression and thoughts of suicide. Your student or child needs to know that bullying is the fault of the bully, not the victim. These are problems that can carry on into adulthood and may even go as far as suicide. There have been many cases of children committing suicide because of bullying, depression, and cyberbullying. Here is a list of cases of children that have all committed suicide.

www.ryanpatrickhalligan.org

Ryan Halligan was a victim of cyberbullying. This site is dedicated to the memory of Ryan and all young people suffering from bullying and having thoughts of suicide. There is valuable information about suicide, suicide prevention, bullying, and cyberbullying that we encourage everyone to check out.

www.chaseedwardsmemorial.com

Chase Edwards was driven to suicide from depression. His memorial website has very important information about depression and warning signs of depression that are very useful. If you suspect a student or your child is depressed please take a look at this website and click on the warning signs of depression on the main page for information.

You can contact the Telephone Crisis Services at 705-759-3398 or 1-800-721-0077. They offer emergency contact for depression and suicide 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at the local Sault Area hospitals. Do not hesitate to contact them if you are depressed and/or having thoughts of suicide. There is help. Please call.