Being a bully can be as damaging to a child’s development as being bullied. Here are some warning signs that may indicate your child is bullying other children:
- Your child starts behaving aggressively, such as getting into physical and/or verbal fights.
- Your child is obsessed or worries about his or her popularity or level of social acceptance.
- Your child has friends who bully others.
- Your child shows little sympathy for other kids who are experiencing bullying.
- Your child starts being sent to the principal’s office or getting detention frequently.
- Your child has unexplained extra money or new belongings.
- Your child blames others for their problems and doesn’t accept responsibility for his or her actions.
- Your child is spending a lot of time online (cyberbullies spend more time online than other kids).
- Your child is often testing limits, boundaries and breaking rules.
Here some tips to help you identify and deal with your child if you think he or she might be a bully: