It’s the last day of school, and you’re thinking, “Maybe my child can finally rest, no more bullying.” WRONG! Unfortunately, the summer is prime bullying season, the difference is those kids’ parents are your friends. Yes, there is a bully in your neighborhood! In some aspect, you are wrong for not realizing it.
Unlike the constant supervision in school, most kids in the neighborhood play hours unsupervised. This subjects your child to endless hours of demeaning and often physical attacks. Then, we ignore our children when we decide to visit our neighbors for dinner; placing them right in the belly of the beast. We have to pay attention to our siblings; the breath of our bosom, the fruit of our loins, the chip off the block.
“Repeated bullying causes severe emotional harm and can erode a child’s self-esteem and mental health. Whether bullying is verbal, physical or relational, the long-term effects are equally harmful. Both boys and girls report high levels of emotional distress and loneliness as well as lower self-esteem, loneliness, anxiety, and depression.”
Here are a few warning signs that your child may have a Summer Bully:
- Unexplained physical marks, cuts, bruises, and scrapes
- Clothes, toys, books, electronic items are damaged or missing or child reports mysteriously “losing” possessions
- Doesn’t want to go to activities with peers
- Marked change in typical behavior or personality
- Appears sad, moody, angry, anxious or depressed and that mood lasts with no known cause
- Physical complaints; headaches and stomach aches
- Difficulty sleeping, nightmares, cries self to sleep, bed wetting
- Change in eating habits
Remember, just because school has ended doesn’t mean the bullying has! For more information on bullying, visit divasindefense.com/victim-resources.