It's a startling statistic; one out of five students report being bullied, according to Forest View Hospital. There are many ways students are bullied including called names, becoming the subject of rumors, being excluded from activities, and more. Students who are bullied are at an increased risk for depression, anxiety, sleep difficulties, lower academic achievement and even dropping out of school.
Cyberbullying is becoming more and more common as students use text messaging and other social media platforms outside of school hours. In fact, middle school students report the highest levels of cyberbullying.
Students who are being bullied might show many different warning signs including lost or damaged clothing or school items, loss of friends, reluctance to go to school, physical symptoms and much more.
Parents can help their children by reminding them that they are safe, recording details of what happened and working with appropriate authority to stop the bullying.
Forest View is here to help. If your child’s mental health has been negatively affected by bullying, reach out to their team of trained professionals at 1-800-949-8439 or visit online forestviewhospital.com.