Signs to look out for as students go back to school

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For many children and their families, back to school is an exciting time – new friends, new adventures and an opportunity to reconnect.

But children who have been bullied can meet this time of year with anxiety, stress and apprehension.

All parents want their children to be safe from the devastating effects of bullying. Recognising the signs is the first step to keeping your child safe.

Here are some of the emotional and behavioural signs that your child could be suffering:

  • changes in sleep patterns
  • changes in eating patterns
  • frequent tears or anger
  • mood swings
  • feeling ill in the morning
  • becoming withdrawn or starting to stammer
  • becoming aggressive and unreasonable
  • refusing to talk about what is wrong
  • beginning to target siblings
  • coming home with unexplained bruises, cuts, scratches
  • coming home with missing or damaged belongings or clothes
  • coming home hungry
  • changes their route to school or is frightened of walking to school
  • doesn’t want to go to school on the bus/tram/train
  • falling school grades
  • continually ‘losing’ money or starts stealing.

Sometimes signs of bullying can be far more hidden. They can include often being alone or excluded from friendship groups, or being a frequent target for teasing, mimicking or ridicule at school.

For more information and advice on bullying, visit the National Centre Against Bullying (NCAB) at

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