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Mean kids aren’t just a high-school problem. The trouble has trickled to the youngest grades. As a parent you need to learn how to spot it and how to protect your child.

Here are possible warnings that a child may be bullied and needs your support. Of course, these signs could indicate other problems, but any of these warrant looking into further.

  1. Unexplained physical marks, cuts, bruises and scrapes
  2. Unexplained loss of toys, school supplies, clothing, lunches, or money
  3. Clothes, toys, books, electronic items are damaged or missing or child reports mysteriously “losing” possessions
  4. Doesn’t want to go to school or other activities with peers
  5. Afraid of riding the school bus
  6. Afraid to be left alone: wants you there at dismissal, suddenly clingy
  7. Suddenly sullen, withdrawn, evasive; remarks about feeling lonely
  8. Marked change in typical behavior or personality
  9. Appears sad, moody, angry or depressed and that mood lasts with no known cause
  10. Physical complaints; headaches, stomachaches and finds excuses to avoid going to school

Here’s how you deal with it:

  1. Watch your child’s reactions. Often what a child doesn’t say may be more telling. Tune into your child’s body language. Silence is often powerful.
  2. Keep an eye on your child. Children who are embarrassed or humiliated about being bullied are unlikely to discuss it with their parents or teachers.
  3. Stress that you are always there for your child and ensure he/she feels safe talking to you.
  4. Emphasize that you believe your child no matter what the situation is.
  5. Get in touch with your child’s teachers and keep them in the loop, so that they have an eye on your little one.

Download the Mai app to improve your child’s skill in personal identity and also assess your child’s skill in self-awareness.

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