Now that the children are going back to school, you may have seen that your child cries or gets too angry when you tell him that he is going back to school. If you see that these reactions are disproportionate, it may be that there is some other reason why he does not want to go to class. One of these reasons may be that he is being bullied.
Harassment and aggressive attitudes that a student or several have against another student is known as bullying. They do this behavior on purpose and it does not happen once, nor in a single isolated moment, but is repeated often over time, and can take different forms:
- Psychological harassment (ignore the victim, belittle her, remove her from the plans, etc.)
- Verbal harassment (Insults, lack of respect, nicknames, etc.)
- Physical harassment (shoving, grabbing, hitting, etc.)
- Cyberbullying (Write hurtful comments about him/her on social networks, Whatsapp messages, etc.)
It has been detected that one in five children suffers from bullying, and that since the beginning of the pandemic the cases have increased by 15%, also increasing the forms of violence, the most seen being physical harassment (87,4%), the verbal harassment (75,8%) and psychological harassment in the form of isolation (63,7%).
Children who suffer bullying tend to be more irritable and sad, with constant mood swings, nightmares, headaches, etc. In addition, they also have trouble sleeping and sometimes experience drastic changes in their appetite as well.
The role of parents and schools is very important since they are the main pillar to detect these cases of bullying, and to be able to put measures against it.
If you think your son or daughter may be a victim of bullying, do not hesitate to contact us, our expert psychologists will tell you what steps to take and how to help you.