from the bully or rejection by friends," Dr. Nelson says. "As a result, parents are often the last ones to know."
He shares these 12 warning signs parents should watch for:
- Emotional upset, anxiety, and depression.
- Frequent headaches and stomach aches.
- Faking illness.
- Unexplainable injuries.
- Changes in eating habits.
- Poor sleep / frequent nightmares.
- A drop in school performance.
- Not wanting to go to school.
- Sudden loss of friends.
- Avoidance of social situations.
- Low self-esteem.
- Self-destructive behaviors including self-harm, running away, or talking about suicide.
Dr. Nelson explains why some kids become bullies and others can become targets of bullying. He can share how parents can talk with their children to uncover and heal the emotional trauma of bullying, as well as other steps and when to take them.
"Take necessary action with the school and/or the bullies’ parents to assure the child's safety," Dr. Nelson says. "Help the child to know that he or she is valued and that it is safe to communicate with you as a parent or a counselor."