D​ID YOU KNOW?



Bullying has become such a wide spread problem that the government has recognized it as a major mental health concern for kids? And for some of those kids it has tragic consequences. “About 60 percent of children don’t tell their parents when their being picked on in school,” says Swearer, PhD, associate professor of school psychology at the University of Nebraska- Lincoln and a leading bully researcher.​

11 WARNING SIGNS 

  IF ONE OR MORE OF THESE BEHAVIORS PERSIST, IT COULD MEAN YOUR CHILD IS BEING BULLIED.


• Has unexplained cuts, bruises and scrapes

• Comes home from school with torn clothing, damaged books

• Constantly loses school supplies or money

• Doesn’t want to go to school; is afraid to ride the school bus

• Chooses an illogical route for going to and from school

• Suddenly is sullen, withdrawn, evasive

• Seems socially isolated, with few, if any, friends; is rarely invited   to parties or homes of other kids

• Complains of headaches, stomachaches; frequently visits the school nurse

• Has difficulty sleeping, bad dreams; cries self to sleep, wets the bed

• Appears sad or depressed

• Has a sudden and significant drop in grades, as well as difficulty focusing and concentrating

To find out your state’s anti-bullying laws, visit bullypolice.org or olweus.

10 WAYS TO BE A BETTER FRIEND


* Don't respond to bullying by bullying back.

* It's understandable to be mad. It's not understandable to be mean.

* Be a hero bystander: reach out to kids who are being bullied.

* Don't put others down to build yourself up.

* Be accepting of others' differences.

* Hang out with friends who make you feel good about yourself.

* Don't just say "Sorry!" Show you're sorry

* Take responsibility for your hurtful behavior by making amends.

* Know the difference between tattling and reporting. (Tattling gets someone in trouble when no one is     being hurt. Reporting keeps someone from getting hurt.)

* Report bullying to a grown-up you trust.

Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.  Matthew 5:43

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