Recognizing the signs of bullying

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOTV) – One in seven students from kindergarten through 12th grade is either bullied or a victim of bullying. The tough part is getting your child to speak up when being bullied. Our expert from Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital helps us understand the signs of bullying and the resources they offer.

Signs of Bullying

  • Unusual Stress
  • Tummy aches
  • Changes in eating or sleep habits
  • Headaches
  • Bed wetting (younger children)
  • Sudden desire to avoid school or other situations

Severe Symptoms of Bullying

  • If left untreated, symptoms can include:
  • Gastrointestinal issues
  • Weakened immune system
  • Depression
  • Suicidal thoughts

What Parents Can Do About Bullying

  • Remain calm
  • Express understanding
  • Remind your child it’s not their fault
  • Take action
  • Contact appropriate authorities

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