Prevention and Wellness
October is Bullying Awareness Month
Signs and Symptoms of Physical and Verbal Bullying
- Unexplainable injuries
- Lost or destroyed clothing, books, electronics, or jewelry
- Frequent headaches or stomach aches, feeling sick of faking an illness
- Changes in eating habits, like suddenly skipping meals or binge eating. Kids may come home from school hungry because they did not eat lunch.
- Difficulty sleeping or frequent nightmares
- Declining grades, loss of interest in schoolwork, or not wanting to go to school
- Feelings of helplessness or decreased self esteem
- Self-destructive behaviors such as running away from home, harming themselves, or talking about suicide
How Parents Can Help
· Be Supportive
· Talk with your teen about bullying
· Model tolerance and compassion
· Teach your teen positive conflict resolution skills
· Encourage your teen to stand up for others in a non-aggressive manner
· Speak up if you are concerned about your child being bullied; Talk with school administration, teacher or student service staff member
· Talk with your teen about cyberbullying
Teaching Empathy Decreases Bullying
- Make sure your child's emotional needs are met.
- Ensure they can identify and share their own feelings.
- Encourage them to explore other people's perspectives.
- Teach them to come to common ground with others.
- Encourage teens to imagine how someone else feels.
- Talk with them about how their behavior impacts others.
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Maura has been an employee for McHenry High School District 156 for 12 years. This is her second year in the position of Prevention and Wellness Coordinator. Previously she was a School Social Worker at West Campus in McHenry for 10 years.