Safety at School

Bullying

Warning signs at home

A parent may observe changes in their child’s behaviour at home which they can report to the school. Their child may:

  • have trouble getting out of bed
  • not want to go to school
  • change their method or route to school or become frightened of walking to school
  • change their sleeping or eating patterns
  • have frequent tears, anger, mood swings and anxiety
  • have unexplained bruises, cuts and scratches
  • have stomach aches or unexplained pain
  • have missing or damaged belongings or clothes
  • ask for extra pocket money or food
  • arrive home hungry
  • show an unwillingness to discuss, or secrecy about, their online communication.

Warning signs at school

  • If a student is being bullied at school they may:
  • become aggressive and unreasonable
  • start to get into fights
  • refuse to talk about what is wrong
  • have unexplained bruises, cuts, scratches, particularly those appearing after recess or lunch
  • have missing or damaged belongings or clothes
  • have falling school grades
  • be alone often or excluded from friendship groups at school
  • show a change in the their ability or willingness to speak up in class
  • appear insecure or frightened
  • be a frequent target for teasing, mimicking or ridicule.

It might not be bullying

Some changes in behaviour may also be a result of other student issues such as depression or substance abuse, which may require a different response.

Whether it involves bullying or other student issues, schools can help out for example by involving student wellbeing staff.

More information

If you are a student who is being bullied, see: I’m Being Bullied

If you are a parent whose child is being bullied, see: My Child is Being Bullied

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