Despite increased awareness, bullying continues to be a problem with children at all ages. Research by the National Center for Educational Statistics has confirmed that one-third of all kids are bullied at school each day and this torment can continue onto the soccer fields.
Bullying can have long-term effects on a child’s self-confidence which can lead to social issues later in life. Here are five warning signs that your child may be a victim of bullying:
1. Your child starts making excuses to skip school or practice.
2. You notice ripped clothes and unexplainable cuts and bruises.
3. Behavioral issues become a constant at home, school or on the field.
4. Your child can’t concentrate on studying and there’s a drop in academic or athletic performance.
5. Your child isolates himself from friends and loved ones.
The best way to find out if your child is getting bullied is to talk openly with him about it. Chances are if you talk with him in a calm manner and show him you’re just there to listen, he’ll eventually open up to you. Remember, don’t discount what your child is going through—talk your child through it, join a support group and let administrators at the school or sports program know what’s going on.