Signs of bullying

When children are being bullied, they don’t always ask for help. Luckily, there are warning signs you can look for if you think someone you know might be at risk. By recognizing the common behaviors of bullying victims, you will be better prepared to act and advocate on their behalf. If you suspect someone is being bullied, don’t wait – get them the help they need right away

What to look for

The following are common signs that a young person might be a victim of bullying: 

  • Becomes more isolated and less interested in spending time with friends  
  • Changes in eating habits, such as skipping meals or binge eating 
  • Complains of headaches or stomachaches 
  • Decreases in self-esteem 
  • Exhibits hopelessness or depression 
  • Fakes illnesses to avoid going to school 
  • Frequent, unexplained injuries or bruises  
  • Lack of interest in school and changes in grades 
  • Lost or damaged personal possessions 
  • Self-destructive behaviors that may escalate to acts of self-harm or talks of suicide 
  • Trouble sleeping or frequent nightmares  

If you’re being bullied, find out where you can get help.