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Citizen Services

Harassment and Bullying

Bullying among children is aggressive behavior that is intentional and involves an imbalance of power or strength. A child who is being bullied has a hard time defending him or herself. Usually bullying is repeated over time. Bullying can take many forms such as physical, verbal, emotional and cyber bullying.

Signs that your child might be bullied:

  • torn clothes
  • loss of appetite
  • mood changes
  • reluctance to go to school
  • bruises or injuries that can't be explained

Signs that your child might be engaging in bullying behavior:

  • impulsiveness
  • no empathy for others
  • a desire to be in control
  • may be an arrogant and boastful winner and poor loser in competitive games

What to do if you suspect your child is being bullied:

  • Talk with your child.
  • Be supportive and gather information about the bullying.
  • Report suspected bullying to your child's school.