About 14% of all school-age children are victims of bullying. Some children are more vulnerable than others including students with physical or learning differences and students who are perceived to be or have self-identified as gay, lesbian or transgendered. Many victims of bullying have no noticeable differences, but all victims seem to share some common characteristics of which parents should be aware so that bullying victimization doesn’t go unrecognized and untreated. Here is a short list of characteristics that many victims of bullying have in common:
The Search Institute has developed a more comprehensive checklist that you can find on this blog. If you suspect that you child has been teased or bullied, the checklist may help you pinpoint specific signs. If you are making lots of check marks, talk with your child’s teacher or other school official about what they have heard or observed. If they also think your child has been bullied, ask what can be done to end the victimization. It’s also time for a caring, empathetic talk with your child.
Last updated July 10, 2020