With the arrival of a new academic year, lots of happy moments are around the corner for our children. The really expected re-encounter with their beloved friends and teachers arrives. However, for some kids, this return means the beginning of a nightmare: bullying.
Bullying is defined as: school harassment and any form of physical, verbal, or psychological abuse over and over again and throughout time.
It is becoming more and more common to find cases of bullying in the classrooms. Normally, this kind of abuse starts in elementary school, but it can also take place at any school level.
The abuser seeks to intimidate, manipulate, coerce, harass, and socially alienate the victim. With us unaware of the problem, some of our children, family members, or friends might be suffering it. In most of the cases we will not find it out unless we decide to take action.
How to detect that the children suffers it?
They hide the problem at home, they do not talk about the school.
They look sad. We detect their mood changes
Nightmares, loss of appetite, enuresis, and vomits
They may fake diseases for not going to school.
Anxiety, nervousness, possible panic attacks
They spend more time at home than never before. They do not play with their friends
They look for children younger than them because they feel safe with them
They gradually start to lower their school performance
They have signs of physical aggression, and we ask about it, they become aggressive, nervous, do not answer naturally, or lie
They start missing their personal staff (pencils, files, books). They say they have lost them.
These are not, of course, all the signs of bullying. That is why it is indispensable to talk to our kids all the time. We must visit the school more often and try to talk to their classmates. Bullying is a serious problem we must detect on time. It is our absolute responsibility.