Having unexplained injuries
One of the alarming signs of bullying in teenagers is seeing unexplained wounds or injuries.
Some teens try to hide these injuries from their parents. If they’re getting beat up at school, or someone physically hurt them, you might notice your child limping, or acting as if they’re trying to hide something from you.
Try to avoid a direct confrontation if you feel that your child might be hurt because of a bully. Make your child feel comfortable, and at ease, and they will eventually open up to you and ask for your help.
It’s important to let them know that you are someone that they can depend on whenever they’re in trouble.
Significant changes in sleeping or eating patterns
It’s not uncommon for teenagers to start having some changes in their eating and sleeping patterns. After all, puberty is a period of rapid growth and change, and a teen’s body changes significantly during this time.
However, if it seems that your child is not sleeping at all, or isn’t even eating their favorite foods, it might be time to talk to them about it. It could affect your child’s growth and development, and lead to even more serious health problems if not dealt with.
It’s also common for teens to want to be more independent. This means that some teens might be more secretive about the things they do, or they might want to create some space between them and their parents. This is totally normal behavior.
But if you and your child used to be very close, and now they’re not telling you anything at all, they might have a serious problem.
They could be afraid to tell you, or they’re shy about letting you know that they’re being bullied. Whatever the reason, it is important to try and keep communication lines open between your child.