children, the start of a new school year can be very
stressful, especially if they've been victims of bullying in
the past. Mayo Clinic Children's Center psychologist Dr.
Bridget Biggs says parents and caregivers should know the
warning signs. "If your child is reluctant to go to
school, stressed after spending time online or avoids social
situations, he or she may be being bullied." Dr. Biggs
points out that the consequences of bullying can be serious.
Victims are at increased risk of depression, anxiety, sleep
problems, self-harm, poor grades and, in rare cases, suicide.
Biggs has tips for parents and caregivers on how to help
children who are victims of bullying.
it out: Ask your child about concerns
Learn: Get information from your child about what's happening
notes: Record details of bullying events
Discuss how to respond: Walk away, get help from trusted adult
Build self-esteem: Encourage your child to get involved in
up: Reach out to teachers
bullying doesn't stop, contact the school or proper
Biggs reminds us that bullying comes in many forms: physical,
verbal, emotional, social and online. She says creating a
culture of respect in and out of the classroom is key to