One of the biggest challenges kids are facing in school at the moment is a culture of Bullying that seems to permeate most schools. It has become a disease that is running rampant and it is so important for parents to be aware of the culture and the emotional repercussions it has on our children. In this two part blog series we will look at some of the issues surrounding bullying in schools and how Hillcrest Collegiate strives to maintain a school that discourages this culture.

Simply put, bullying occurs when a child targets another child and behaves aggressively towards him/her. It often involves shoving, name calling and taking away the other child’s possessions forcefully or by intimidation. Most victims keep quiet out of fear or embarrassment and it is important for parents and teachers to look out for warning signs that a child is being bullied.

Some warning signs that your child is being bullied:

  • Unexplained loss of possessions: your child will claim it got lost or stolen.
  • Refusal to go to school or to use school transport.
  • Changes in eating habits: Your child will stop eating or is eating like he/she is starving after school.
  • Emotional changes: Inexplicable anxiety, stomach aches or headaches before school, nightmares are all warning signs that your child is being bullied. Children who are being bullied will also become withdrawn or display mood changes.
  • Transference: Some children who are bullied will re-enact the bullying on someone else in their environment like a younger sibling or a pet.
  • Displaying sudden low self-esteem or uncertainty in themselves is a sign that your child may be a victim of bullying.

If your child displays any of this behavior it could be a sign of bullying or an indication of some other issue your child may be having. The best route to take is contacting your child’s school to discuss your concerns and reaching out to your child until they are willing to discuss what is going on. Building awareness in your home and at school helps victims to feel more confident when seeking help. Spend some time discussing bullying in an age appropriate way with your kids. Look out for our next post where we will look at different recourses we use to discourage bullying at Hillcrest Collegiate.