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Spot the Clues

Some parents don't think bullying is a big deal. They think it's a rite of passage to adulthood, that . . .

Some parents don’t think bullying is a big deal. They think it’s a rite of passage to adulthood, that it’s just kids being kids. But for kids, bullying is one of the biggest problems they face. In fact, every day 160,000 kids miss school because they’re scared of bullying.

A lot of the time kids don’t tell their parents that they’re being bullied. They may be embarrassed, or they may think that telling will make the bullying worse. To help their children, parents may need to do some detective work to spot the clues that bullying is happening. Here are some signs that a child is being bullied:

  • Withdrawal
  • Drop in grades
  • Torn clothing
  • Loss of friends
  • Avoidance of school and other activities
  • Bruises
  • Need for extra money or supplies

Watch Spot the Clues (MPEG)

With some help from McGruff, Kelly Ripa learns how to “Spot the Clues” of bullying (30 seconds).

How Parents Can Help

Parents can help by taking bullying seriously, talking to their children about it, and learning how to help children stop the bullying.

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