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Signs and symptoms

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Your child's behaviour can change for a variety of reasons. However, the following signs could indicate your child is being bullied:

  • Not wanting to go to school or participate in school activities
  • Does not appear to have friends
  • Is missing belongings
  • Has torn clothing
  • Seems to have become fearful and anxious
  • Has more mood swings, and seems to be crying more
  • Seems to have a drop in academic performance
  • Has poorer physical health and changes in sleep habits
  • Has increased negative self-perception

The signs of possible cyberbullying can be the same as signs of other bullying, but include certain behaviour with phones and computers, for example:

  • Being hesitant about going online
  • Seeming nervous when an instant message, text message or email appears
  • Being visibly upset after using the computer or mobile phone, or suddenly avoiding it
  • Minimising the computer screen, or hiding the mobile phone when you enter the room
  • Spending unusually long hours online in a more tense, pensive tone
  • Receiving suspicious phone calls, emails or packages
  • Withdrawing from friends, falling behind in schoolwork, or avoiding school

© Bullying. No Way! (www.bullyingnoway.gov.au 2014, Queensland Department of Education / Australian Education Authorities)

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Last updated 02 October 2019