Bullying - Characteristics of Children Who Are Bullied
bullied tend to be:3, 5
- Socially withdrawn. They
may think poorly of themselves, or they may have a quiet
- Passive. They often let other
people be in control and do not stand up for themselves.
likely to get
Children who are bullied are not to blame for attacks
against them. Make sure your child understands this.
Boys are more
likely than girls to be bullied in both physical and psychological
In some cases, a child who is
bullied sometimes ends up bullying others. These children often respond to
being bullied by feeling anxious and aggressive. Without knowing how to handle
these feelings, they target other children who they think will not fight
In extreme situations, children who are bullied may commit
suicide or lash out violently against those who bullied them. Watch for
warning signs of suicide in your child, such as withdrawing from family and friends.
Children who are embarrassed about being bullied may not want to tell
their parents or other adults about it. Look for
signs of bullying, such as poor sleep, unexplained bruises, frequent crying,
and making up excuses not to go to school. Elementary school children who are
bullied often say they have a sore throat or a cold, feel sick in the stomach,
and/or don't feel like eating.