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Bullying- Signs and symptoms

There are many warning signs that may indicate that someone is affected by bullying—either being bullied or bullying others. Recognizing the warning signs is an important first step in taking action against bullying. Not all children who are bullied or are bullying others ask for help.

It is important to talk with children who show signs of being bullied or bullying others. These warning signs can also point to other issues or problems, such as depression or substance abuse. Talking to the child can help identify the root of the problem.

Signs a Child is Being Bullied

Look for changes in the child. However, be aware that not all children who are bullied exhibit warning signs.

Some signs that may point to a bullying problem are: 

Get Help right away if you know someone in serious distress or danger, don’t ignore the problem.

Signs a Child is Bullying Others

Kids may be bullying others if they:   

Why don't kids ask for help?

Statistics from the 2008-09 Crime Supplement show that an adult was notified in only about a third of bullying cases. Kids don’t tell adults for many reasons: