With the start of the new school year, it is important to discuss bullying with your child.  Bullying can occur during or after school hours.  While most reported bullying happens in the school building, it can also occur on the playground, traveling to and from school on the bus or walking, and on the Internet.  

Here are some warning signs of a child being bullied:

  • Unexplainable injuries
  • Lost or destroyed clothing, books, electronics, or jewelry
  • Frequent headaches or stomach aches, feeling sick or faking illness
  • Changes in eating habits, like suddenly skipping meals or binge eating. Kids may come home from school hungry because they did not eat lunch.
  • Difficulty sleeping or frequent nightmares
  • Declining grades, loss of interest in schoolwork, or not wanting to go to school
  • Sudden loss of friends or avoidance of social situations
  • Feelings of helplessness or decreased self esteem
  • Self-destructive behaviors such as running away from home, harming themselves, or talking about suicide

If you believe your child is being bullied, please know the Sieda Behavioral Health and Treatment Services team is here to help.  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our office at 641-683-6747.