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Bullying can make children feel helpless and alone. Studies show that adults are told about bullying less than half the time. But when adults know and react quickly, this behavior can often be stopped.
It's important to know the warning signs. Kids who are being bullied may have:
Injuries, lost or damaged clothes or other possessions.
Headaches, stomach aches or fake sickness.
Changes in eating and sleeping habits.
Fear of social situations.
Feelings of helplessness.
Harmful behaviors like hurting themselves.
If you find out that a child is being bullied, or is bullying others, get involved. Adults can help stop bullying. Talking about the problem and getting the community involved can help. Make it clear that bullying is not okay. And create a safe space for children where bullying is not tolerated.
Bullying doesn't always happen in person. Cyberbullying can take place through text messages, social media, online gaming and other media. Because parents and teachers can't overhear, they might not see it. Know what your kids are doing online and set limits.
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.