Signs that a child is being bullied at school range from injuries that can't be explained to missing belongings, to changes in personal habits and behaviors, according to stopbullying.gov. According to character.org, each day, 160,000 youngsters miss school because they are afraid of being bullied by other students.
Some signs of bullying might not be so obvious at first. For example, a child who often complains of stomach aches or headaches or just a general sick feeling might be a victim of bullying, according to stopbullying.gov. Abnormal overeating, not eating meals at all or other changes in eating habits also could be a sign of bullying. Parents might also want to pay attention of their child often arrives home from school hungry. That could be a sign the child did not eat lunch, according to stopbullying.com. Nightmares and having problems sleeping overall also could be signs of bullying.
Other bullying signs include missing or ruined personal items such as books or electronics, a lack of interest in school and schoolwork, few friends, and behaviors that are self-destructive such as self-harming or mentioning suicide, states stopbullying.gov.
Character.org lists 19 signs that a child is being bullied. Among other signs character.org specifies are a child who is afraid to ride the school bus, who feels inadequate and blames himself for problems, doesn't want to be left alone, starts to bully younger children, and doesn't use the bathroom until he gets home.